Purdue Analytical Chemistry Prof. Cooks elected into NAS


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Prof. Graham Cooks (center, first row) with his graduate students in front of Wetherill Laboratory.

Dr. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor—Analytical Chemistry, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The announcement was made April 28.

Cooks is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers.

Cooks has authored almost 1,000 papers during his career, mainly in the field of mass spectrometry, ranging from fundamental research to instrument and method development to applications. Among his many innovations, original methods and expertise are laser desorption ionization, desorption electrospray ionization, preparative mass spectrometry, Atmospheric Pressure Thermal Desorption/Ionization. Cooks leads numerous graduate students through the analytical chemistry program while running Aston Labs.

The NAS honor is just the latest major award that Cooks has received in the last several years: In 2008, he was give the Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science before his 2012 award of the F.A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research of the American Chemical Society. In 2013, Cooks made more national news by being named the Chemical Sciences’ recipient of the Dreyfus Prize.

The Department of Chemistry will toast Cooks’ NAS induction from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 8 in the John A. Leighty Commons within Wetherill Laboratory.

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