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Ferrell elected American Physical Society fellow
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.,
Aug. 5, 2004
Thomas Lee Ferrell of the distinguished research staff in the Life Sciences Division of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Ferrell was selected for his invention of the photon scanning tunneling microscope. The microscope can obtain images of single atoms by scanning a tapered optical fiber probe with a nanometer-size tip within a few hundred nanometers of a sample surface.
He joined ORNL's research staff in 1978 and was named a group leader in 1980. He was selected to the distinguished research staff in 2002.
Ferrell received an R&D 100 Award in 1989 and an Inventors Hall of Fame Award and a Brussels World's Fair Technology Transfer Award in 1992.
Before joining ORNL, Ferrell was a professor of physics at Appalachian State University. He also has taught at Maryville (Tenn.) and Hiram (Ohio) colleges. He has been a professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee since 1980.
Ferrell earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Auburn University and a doctorate in physics from Clemson University.
He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Knoxville. They have two children, Laura and Brian.
ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.