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Corporate fellows named at Lockheed Martin Energy Systems

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 5, 1995 — Three researchers at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been named to senior corporate fellow and corporate fellow positions at Lockheed Martin Energy Systems.

Named senior corporate fellows are Dr. Robert Compton, a group leader in molecular physics in the Health Sciences Research Division, and Dr. Herbert A. Mook, director of neutron scattering in the Solid State Division. Dr. Malcolm Stocks, a member of the theory group in the Metals and Ceramics Division, was named a corporate fellow.

The designation of senior corporate fellow is the highest honor bestowed by Lockheed Martin Energy Systems. It recognizes those individuals whose contributions have been both significant and continually high over a number of years. Compton and Mook have been previously designated as corporate fellows.

Compton was recently honored with the J.W. Beams Award by the American Physical Society and the Meggars Award by the Optical Society of America, which is presented annually to recognize outstanding work in spectroscopy.

Compton's work has involved the study of electronic and ionic collision phenomena, atomic and molecular negative ions and laser spectroscopy.

An adjunct professor of physics at Vanderbilt University, Compton has a bachelor's degree in physics from Berea (Ky.) College, a master's degree in physics from the University of Florida and a doctorate in physics from the University of Tennessee. He was a Ford Foundation professor of physics at the latter institution from 1972-73, and is co-founder of Comstock, Inc., a small scientific instruments company.

A native of Metropolis, Ill., Compton grew up in Oak Ridge. He and his wife, Milinda, have four children - Jana, Amy, Anne and Derek.

Mook has conducted neutron scattering research on a broad spectrum of materials. He is best known for his pioneering research on the magnetic excitations of transition metal ferromagnets and the observation of itinerant electron effects in these materials.

He received DOE's 1982 Materials Sciences Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics. He is the author of more than 200 professional journal articles and book chapters, and has been a fellow of the American Physical Society since 1979.

Mook's recent work has been in the field of high-temperature superconductivity. He has given 14 invited talks at international conferences on that topic since 1990. He has also served on the organizing and program committees of several international conferences. In 1997 in Toronto, Mook will chair the International Conference on Neutron Scattering.

He has served on advisory committees for the neutron scattering programs at Los Alamos and Argonne national laboratories. He has also served on numerous ORNL committees and was chairman of the Corporate Fellows Council in 1993 and 1994.

Mook has been instrumental in the development of new neutron scattering techniques and instrumentation. He received R&D awards in 1984 and 1989 for his innovations in neutron spectrometry. Mook also holds three patents for neutron instrumentation, and was appointed a corporate fellow in 1987.

After receiving an undergraduate degree from Williams (Mass.) College, Mook earned his master's and doctorate degrees in physics from Harvard University. His thesis was partially completed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his advisor was Dr. Clifford Shull, the 1994 Nobel Prize winner in physics and a former ORNL researcher.

Mook has served on the board of directors of the Oak Ridge Boys Club, the United Church Chapel on the Hill and the Oak Ridge Country Club, where he has served as president for two years. He and his wife, Jane, live in Oak Ridge. They have two sons.

Stocks is a member of the Theory Group of ORNL's Metals and Ceramics Division, and has worked at ORNL since 1969.

He received a bachelor's degree in technology from the University of Bradford (England) in 1966 and a doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Sheffield (England).

After graduating, he served in a postdoctoral position at ORNL, and was on the staff of the physics department at the University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K. He rejoined the ORNL staff in 1976. He has been a visiting fellow at Daresbury Laboratory and the H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory in the U.K.

Stocks is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of ASM International and the Materials Research Society. He has received a Martin Marietta Energy Systems award for outstanding research. Stocks was a recipient of the Gordon Bell Prize in 1990 and has twice been presented a DOE award for outstanding sustained research. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 papers and has edited four books.

Stocks is internationally known for his work on the theory of metallic alloys. He developed a quantum mechanical method for calculating the electronic structure and properties of disordered alloys. This theory subsequently was used by Stocks and his collaborators as the basis for developing theories of alloy phase stability and the magnetic phase transitions in metals. Recently, he has been heavily involved in developing new methods in applying the computational power of parallel Intel Paragon supercomputers recently installed at ORNL's Center for Computational Science. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, formerly the Metals Society.

Stocks and his wife, Barbara, are residents of Oak Ridge. They have a son, Ian, 24, and a daughter, LeeAnn, 17.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, which also manages the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.