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Gary M. Hieftje

The Power List 2017

Gary M. Hieftje

Distinguished Professor and Robert & Marjorie Mann Chair in Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington, USA.

Working with students and witnessing them develop, mature, and succeed.

Advice to my younger self
Don’t follow trends but carve your own path. Work hard, be enthusiastic, have fun – and sleep less.

Why is spectroscopy so exciting?
Spectroscopy, defined in its broadest terms, is one of the most flexible, informative, and powerful methods of scientific observation and characterization. Plus, photons are clean; when they enter your spectrometer they don’t gum it up. In the visible region they can be seen and tracked visually, which simplifies instrument alignment and calibration. Moreover, spectroscopy enables observation and measurement at a distance, enabling standoff and multispectral determinations. Lastly, non-linear aspects of optical interaction permit the development and use of methods that have no equivalent in other fields, leading to such techniques as LIBS, two-dimensional IR and NMR, SERS, and many others.

Nominator comment: “Gary is not only one of the leading figures in the field but also an amazing mentor.

Part of the Power List 2017

The Magnificent Tens

The Magnificent Tens
After 2016’s celebration of women in analytical science, we return to the Top 100 for 2017.
But there’s a twist. This summer, we asked you to nominate scientists in ten categories – from the stars of separation science, to omics explorers, to the mentors training the next generation.

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