RMS saddened to learn of death of Professor John Spence Hon FRMS

Honorary Fellow made huge contributions to the field of electron microscopy

The RMS was saddened to learn of the death of one of its Honorary Fellows, Professor John Spence.

John made numerous, important contributions to the field of electron microscopy, assisting our understanding of high-resolution TEM, STEM, convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy.

More recently he also made significant contributions in the area of X-ray imaging and lens-less imaging, and the study of protein structure and dynamics by femtosecond X-ray diffraction.

John was a Regents' Professor of Physics at Arizona State University (ASU) with a joint appointment at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the Institute of Physics, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of Churchill College Cambridge, UK.

The RMS was especially proud to welcome John as a plenary speaker at mmc2017, the event at which he received his Honorary Fellowship. John's other achievements in microscopy included the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Microscopy Society of America in 2006, the Buerger Award of the American Crystallographic Society in 2012, the J.M. Cowley Medal of the International Federation of Societies of Microscopy in 2014, the Burton Medal of MSA and a Humboldt Senior Scientist Award.

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