23 Oct 2023

Dr Richard Leapman receives RMS President’s Award

Scientific Editor on the Journal of Microscopy steps down after 24 years’ service

Congratulations to Dr Richard Leapman, who has received the RMS President’s Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a Scientific Editor for the Journal of Microscopy.

Richard, who recently stepped down from the Journal of Microscopy Editorial Board having joined in 1999, received the award at the Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) 2023 event in Minneapolis (main image).

Richard obtained B.A and M.A in Natural Sciences and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He then trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, UK, and in the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, NY, where he contributed to the development of electron spectroscopy for the nanoscale characterisation of materials.

He subsequently moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop methods based on scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron spectroscopy to determine the structure and chemical composition of cells and supramolecular assemblies. He was elected a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2011.  

Richard has acted as a Scientific Editor of the Journal of Microscopy for many years, a member of the editorial boards of other microscopy and nanotechnology journals and has served on numerous national scientific advisory committees.

RMS Executive Honorary Secretary and Journal of Microscopy Editor Michelle Peckham said: “For so many years, Richard has been a key member of the Journal team and contributed to the publication’s ongoing success. In addition to his work as a Scientific Editor, he has attended numerous meetings to promote the Journal – notably the Microscopy & Microanalysis events held in the United States. On behalf of the RMS, I would like to thank Richard for his hard work over the years and wish him well for the future.”