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2017 Berkeley Lab Prize — Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

This year, the Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to Carl Haber and Richard Russo.

Carl Haber

Carl Haber is being recognized for exceptional contributions to the development of instrumentation for particle physics experiments and to the restoration of sound recordings from bygone eras that has helped to preserve our cultural heritage. A Senior Scientist in the Physics Division, Haber’s research focus is on instrumentation and methods for high energy physics and their applications. Haber is one of the pioneers of the application of silicon technology to particle colliders, starting with his work on Fermilab’s CDF Experiment: he led the development of front end electronics and electrical design for the first CDF silicon vertex detector and a variety of the later upgrades. These efforts led to the direct observation of the b-decays in the top quark discovery, and a broad program of b-physics at the Tevatron. Today, Haber continues this work, serving as one of the leaders of the team constructing a new silicon detector for the ATLAS experiment upgrade for the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

In addition to his significant contributions to major particle physics experiments, Haber also developed techniques that have enabled the restoration of audio recordings from as far back as the 1880s — including from an astounding variety of once “mute” collections from Alexander Graham Bell to Native American tribal songs and stories to Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens. Recognized by a MacArthur Genius Award in 2013, Haber’s IRENE (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.) project offers a non-contact method for extracting high-quality sound from degrading or even broken analog recordings on two- or three-dimensional media. Since beginning research on the preservation and restoration of recorded sound in 2002, he has worked with archivists at the Library of Congress, the Thomas Edison National Historic Site, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.

Richard Russo

A senior scientist in the Energy Technologies Area, Russo is widely considered to be the one of the most influential scientist in the field of laser ablation spectroscopy. His contributions have helped revolutionize the field of analytical chemistry, and created new laser spectroscopy paradigms for applications in energy, medicine, defense, space exploration, and health and safety.

Throughout his 35-year career at LBNL, Russo co-invented the ion-assisted pulsed laser deposition (IBAD) and ion-texturing (ITEX) processes; pioneered the use of femtosecond lasers as a sampling tool for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and in high resolution chemical imaging with Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS); and co-discovered the first room-temperature ultraviolet nanowire nanolaser. In 2011, Russo developed Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (LAMIS), a technology that allows fast, real-time measurements of isotopes at atmospheric pressure in a single laser pulse. LAMIS, and its extension to remote distances femtosecond filament-LAMIS (F2-LAMIS), enable in situ and remote analysis of isotopes in solid samples under real-world conditions.

Russo has been highly successful in translating novel fundamental science to high-impact applied research and subsequent commercialization through his impactful work across all Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). In 2004, Russo founded Applied Spectra, a company which specializes in the development and manufacture of laser ablation chemical analysis instrumentation, which are extensively utilized in national and international markets, including academia, national laboratories, industry, energy, environmental and security applications.

The Lab community is invited to come together to honor Carl Haber, Richard Russo, and the other Director’s Achievement awardees at the Director’s Achievement Award Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. The event will also be live streamed.