Donner Professor of Science and Professor of Chemistry, EmeritusBiography
Giacinto Scoles (b. 1935, married to Lim Giok Lan since 1964) is Donner professor of Science, Emeritus at Princeton University, distinguished adjoint professor in the Departments of Physics and Biology at Temple University, and distinguished scientist at Synchrotron Elettra in Trieste. He is presently senior grantee of the ERC in the faculty of Medicine at the University of Udine (Italy). His career has spanned an unusually long length of time and an equally unusually broad range of subjects. He has developed instrumentation in mass spectroscopy, gas viscosimetry, crossed molecular beam scattering, clusters formation and spectroscopy, surface monolayer, grazing incidence X-ray scattering, super-fluid helium droplets; manipulation of bio-molecules, bio-molecular interaction at the nano scale and medical nano diagnostics. He and a group of collaborators have recently patented a method to count circulating tumor cells based on the measurement of the metabolism of every cell isolated into a droplet of blood of several picoliters. When the droplet results to become acid, that indicates the presence of the cancer cells. He has received several recognitions: the Herschbach prize (2013); the gold medal of honor of the Italian Chemical Society; the Ben Franklin Medal for Physics (2006) 2 Honorary doctorates (1997 and 2000) the Debye prize of the ACS, the Plyler prize of the APS and the Lippincott Award of the OSA. He is a Fellow of the APS, OSA and of the ROYAL Society of the UK and of the Royal Science Academy of the Netherlands (KNAW). He has published about 300 papers in peer reviewed journals, and has been quoted by his colleagues approximately 19.000 times, his H-index is 73, while the i10-index is 224. He has supervised about a hundred PhD students, an unusually high percentage of which now covers positions of responsibility in Academia and research.