UCC Professor named first Irish winner of prestigious international physics award

A University College Cork Professor has received the 2023 O.E. Buckley Physics Prize from the American Physical Society.

Professor of Quantum Physics, Séamus Davis is the first Irish winner of the award, and UCC is the first Irish institution to host a winner.

The Buckley Prize was introduced in 1953, and 18 past recipients went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Professor Davis is set to be presented with the award at the annual American Physical Society conference in Las Vegas this year.

The award recognises Professor Davis’ 25 years of work, and his development of quantum microscopes that allow direct atomic scale imaging the quantum matter existing within advanced materials.

Speaking on the award, Professor Davis said;

“This work has spanned 25 years and there have been hundreds of contributors in that time – too many to thank individually. I would, however, like to thank all those who have supported our quantum microscope concept, since it started at UC Berkeley in the 1990’s, matured at  Cornell University in the 2000’s and has now become operational at UCC.”


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