May 10, 2011

John C. Angus to Receive Hovorka Prize

John C. Angus
John C. Angus

Case Western Reserve University has announced the winner of this year’s Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize—John C. Angus.

As one of Case Western Reserve University’s most distinguished researchers, Angus has earned an international reputation as a preeminent scholar and engineer for his pioneering research on diamond. These achievements are matched by his dedication in the classroom as a valued teacher and mentor, as well as his many contributions to the university and profession throughout his 47-year career at Case Western Reserve.

Now the Kent Hale Smith Emeritus Professor of Engineering, Angus joined Case Institute of Technology in 1963 as an assistant professor. In 1968, he published the first paper describing the low-pressure synthesis of diamond—a process previously thought to be impossible by the scientific community. This insight, and subsequent efforts by his group and groups in the former Soviet Union and Japan, revolutionized diamond technology. Diamonds grown by this method are now used throughout the world in many diverse applications, including power electronics, heat sinks for electronics, bearing surfaces, electrodes for water sterilization, electrochemical sensors, radiation and particle detectors, instrument windows, biocompatible coatings and diamond-like protective coatings for computer disks.

Angus will accept the award at the university's commencement convocation on Sunday, May 15.

Honorary Trustee Dorothy Humel Hovorka established this prize in 1994 in memory of her late husband, Frank, who was for many years a leading member of the university’s Department of Chemistry and an international authority in the field of electrochemistry. First presented that same year, the Hovorka Prize is awarded annually to recognize exceptional achievement by an active or emeritus member of the faculty whose accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarly service have benefited the community, the nation and the world.

Angus is recognized around the world as a leader in his field. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Electrochemical Society. In 1993 he received the Pioneer Award from the Electrochemical Society and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1995.

In addition to his research accomplishments, Angus is a dedicated teacher and mentor. He has advised more than 50 graduate students. Seven of his former students now hold university professorships and are overseeing graduate students of their own, creating new generations of Angus students. He has also held numerous leadership positions at the university, including serving two terms as the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and providing leadership for the Case School of Engineering as interim dean. He has served on various high-level committees for the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council, and served on the White House Conference on Conflict Diamonds.

As a member of the emeritus faculty, Angus remains an active part of the Case Western Reserve community as a researcher, mentor and leader. His colleagues applaud his many achievements as well as his unassuming character, pointing out his willingness to share his wisdom and insight, which are often sought by both young and experienced faculty.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, May 10, 2011 09:30 AM | News Topics: Awards

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