The Distinguished Scientist

Richard D. Smith, Chief Scientist of the Biological Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, reflects on 40 years in mass spectrometry following his Distinguished Contribution award at ASMS 2013.

How does it make you feel to be recognized as making a “distinguished contribution to mass spectrometry”?

The field of mass spectrometry (MS) has grown greatly in importance in recent years, particularly for biological applications where MS is the ‘go to’ tool for many key -omics measurements – proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, glycomics. They are what I refer to as ‘pan-omics’. I feel honored and humbled to be recognized as contributing to this endeavor, and also recognize that really this award extends to the fantastic set of colleagues, past and present, at PNNL.