The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities has recognized Dr. Klaus Biemann, professor of chemistry, for his pioneering work in the application of mass spectrometry to the biological sciences at MIT for nearly 40 years. He received its Beckman Award for seminal contributions to the field at its meeting in July. Professor Biemann's laboratory developed and refined mass spectrometric methods for obtaining detailed structural information on biomolecules as well as technology to improve the sensitivity of computer algorithms for analyzing data.
Dr. Adel F. Sarofim, Lammot du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering, has received the 1995 Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion by the University of Pittsburgh. The award is based on outstanding contributions to coal science and engineering.
The American Psychological Association has presented its William James Book Prize to Dr. Steven Pinker, professor of psychology. The prize, given for the book that best integrates the different areas of psychology, was given to Professor Pinker for his 1994 book, The Language Instinct.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 20, 1995.