Physics at Berkeley is pleased to announce that Professors Michael Witherell and Roger Falcone have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Michael Witherell is Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Physics. Previously he was Vice Chancellor for Research and held the Presidential Chair in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and before that he was Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).
Witherell received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of Wisconsin. He then served on the faculty at Princeton and at UC Santa Barbara. He won the W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society in 1990 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998.
Roger Falcone has been a Physics professor at Berkeley since 1983, and chaired the Department from 1995-2000. He is an affiliated faculty member of Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group and Applied Science and Technology Program, and has been the director of the Advanced Light Source x-ray synchrotron facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab since 2006. Falcone received his A.B. in Physics (1974) from Princeton, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1979) from Stanford, and was a Marvin Chodorow Fellow in Applied Physics (1980-83) at Stanford. He chairs the Advisory Board for Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland; is director of the UC Institute for Materials Dynamics at Extreme Conditions; advises the nation’s national security laboratories; and is incoming Vice-President of the American Physical Society (2016). Falcone chairs the faculty advisory committee for the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley's public science center. Falcone is a Fellow of APS, OSA, and now AAAS.