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Allen J. Bard and John B. Goodenough Receive ECS Honorary Membership

Honorary ECS Memberships, recognized as one of the highest Society honors, were awarded to Allen J. Bard and John B. Goodenough on November 23, 2013 at a celebratory luncheon at The University of Texas Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. More than 80 colleagues, many who have studied with and been mentored by them, attended this extraordinary event, along with several ECS Past Presidents.

ECS President Tetsuya Osaka, who was unable attend, recognized their achievements with the following note:

"On behalf of The Electrochemical Society, it is my pleasure to congratulate Professors Bard and Goodenough on being selected as the 76th and 77th Honorary Members in the 111 year history of the Society. This recognition puts you in a group amongst some of the greatest scientists in history. We thank you for your contributions to the advancement of our science which in many ways has influenced the progress and quality of life for all of mankind."

Dr. Arumugam Manthiram, Director, Texas Materials Institute, Director, UT Materials Science & Engineering Program and Joe C. Walter Chair in Engineering, welcomed the attendees and served as emcee for the event.

Roque Calvo, ECS Executive Director, recounted the history of honorary membership, noting the distinguished list of recipients. Roque also presented the ECS Student Chapter of Excellence Award to the University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter.

After introducing Dr. Allen Bard with a brief summary of his many accomplishments, Dr. Fernando Garzon, ECS Past President, presented an ECS Honorary Membership scroll.

Dr. Bard gave an insightful award lecture, extolling the societal benefits of scientific research, but urging a continued commitment to curiosity based research. Dr. Bard highlighted the fundamental research on magnetic resonance imaging, noting that early applications for funding could not have foreseen later applications like medical brain scans and detection of viruses such as prostate cancer and HIV. Dr. Bard emphasized that, “our scientific community, and our government, shouldn’t put too much constraint on scientific research, particularly if we want innovation.” Dr. Bard concluded by noting the importance of scientific societies like ECS and noting his concern about the explosive growth in the number scientific journals for the purpose of generating profits.

Krishnan Rajeshwar, ECS Vice President, presented an ECS Honorary Membership scroll after introducing Dr. John Goodenough, with a brief summary of his many accomplishments.

During his award lecture, Dr. Goodenough shared his incredible life journey in science and concluded by emphasizing the need for alternative strategies for the development of sustainable energy. Dr. Goodenough noted the need for energy density increases and stated that, “new approaches like thin membrane block dendrites give us hope that we can make important steps toward sustainable energy supplies.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Bard and Dr. Goodenough individually received the United States National Medal of Science. As ECS Past President Fernando Garzon stated at the time, "We honor their commitment to our science and embrace their inspiration."

Dr. Faulkner noted that the body of knowledge of electrochemistry is impressive, particularly considering the inherent difficulty of the field. “There is considerable elegance in what we already know,” Dr. Faulkner said, while making a strong case for additional research and development. “Thanks to science, especially to chemistry, life is tremendously better for most people on Earth than it was even a few decades ago.” Yet, he concluded by speaking to the urgency of our resource challenges, encouraging all present to help answer the question, “How can we wisely make use of Earth’s resources, to provide fulfilling, secure lives for the Earth’s people, now and indefinitely into the future?”

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