Congratulations to Fisk University Professor Dr. Arnold Burger as he has received the 2008 RTSD (Room Temperature Semiconductor) Scientist Award. The RTSD Award Committee recognized Dr. Burger for his leadership and scientific contributions in the development of room-temperature semiconductor radiation detectors and their application to medical imaging, space applications and safeguarding of nuclear materials and nuclear nonproliferation. The award was presented during the 16th International RTSD Workshop held in Dresden,Germany October 16-25.
“I am very humbled to receive this award for leadership in research and development of new materials and devices for radiation detection technologies,” Burger said. “I am also proud and consider this award to be a collective recognition for the Fisk students, faculty and research staff who collaborated with me over the past two decades.”
The RTSD Scientist Award recognizes scientists for their extraordinary contributions and leadership in the field of radiation detection. Burger was chosen as an award nominee out of a pool of several hundred scientists who regularly attend the RTSD workshop that is convened every two years in the United States or Europe. Eight members of the workshop serve on the international award committee of the RTSD, and these scientists cast votes for the award-winner.
Burger is the fourth recipient of the RTSD award since its inception in 2002. Since his arrival at Fisk in August of 1986, Burger’s research at Fisk has involved the development of radiation detection devices applied to medical imaging as well as safeguarding nuclear materials and nuclear nonproliferation. Burger was included among the recipients of the prestigious R & D 100 award in 1998 and 2001 given to the top technical innovators of the year.