Backed by more than five decades of professional experience, Jack H. Freed, Ph.D., has risen to prominence as a renowned chemist and educator. Widely known for his pioneering work in electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, he has dedicated many years of his life to Cornell University, which he joined in 1963 as an assistant professor of chemistry. Since then, Dr. Freed has climbed the ranks and currently holds the title of Frank and Robert Laughlin professor of physical chemistry, emeritus, in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.
Dr. Freed had always been interested in the field of chemistry. His interest piqued while he was completing graduate school; he felt that a career in academia would allow him to continue conducting creative research. Dr. Freed received a Bachelor of Engineering from Yale University in 1958. He went on to acquire a Master of Science in 1959 and a Ph.D. in 1962, both from Columbia University.
During his tenure at the university, Dr. Freed served as a visiting professor at other institutions, such as Yamagata University, the University of Padua, Hebrew University, The Ecole Normale Supérieure, Delft University of Technology, the University of Geneva, Aarhus University, Weizmann Institute of Science, and Tokyo University. Since 2001, Dr. Freed has held the position of director of the National Biomedical Center for Advanced Electron Spin Resonance Technologies.
Since entering his field, Dr. Freed has been numerously awarded for his hard work and dedication. He was the recipient of the Ramsay Memorial Fellowship, Sloan Foundation Fellowship, Senior Weizmann Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship. Additionally, Dr. Freed received the Zavoisky Institute’s International Zavoisky Award from the Russian Academy of Science in 1998, the E. Bright Wilson Award in 2008, the Israel Pollak Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 2009, the International EPR (ESR) Society Prize in 2013, and the Joel Hildebrand Award in 2014. Recently, in 2017, Dr. Freed was bestowed with the Voivodisky Award from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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