Issue 5
The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities
January 2012

ABRF Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies

Dr. Alan Marshall

Biological research is driven by technology. As new instruments and chemistries are conceived and implemented, new frontiers are created and new possibilities emerge. Technology, from the invention of the light microscope to the deciphering of the Human Genome, opens doors into the unknown that otherwise remain firmly sealed. The ABRF Award recognizes those pioneers responsible for developing these powerful new tools that serve as the foundation of the modern biological research enterprise. The ABRF Award is sponsored by Waters Corporation and is presented at the annual ABRF meeting. Click here for a list of past awardees.

The 2012 ABRF Award recipient is Dr. Alan Marshall for the development of Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) Mass Spectrometry.

Following his B.A. (Northwestern U., 1965) and Ph.D. (Stanford U., 1970), Alan G. Marshall joined the U. British Columbia Chemistry faculty in 1969, where he co-invented Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS). In 1980, he moved to Ohio State University, and in 1993 to Florida State University, where he is Robert O. Lawton Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Director of the ICR Program at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

Alan has pioneered the development of ultrahigh-resolution mass spectrometry for resolving and identifying components of complex mixtures (various "omics"), and mapping primary and higher-order structures of proteins and their complexes.

His major recognitions include: Fellow, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and American Chemical Society; three American Chemical Society national awards; three Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Awards; American Society for Mass Spectrometry Distinguished Contribution Award; International Society for Mass Spectrometry Thomson Medal; Chemical Pioneer Award from American Institute of Chemists, and the William H. Nichols Medal of the ACS New York Section. He is a former President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and serves on several editorial boards. He has published 4 books, 5 patents, and 534 refereed journal articles.

This article originally appeared on the ABRF2012 conference website.

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