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The McMurdie Awards

  Honoring Howard F. McMurdie (1905-2004)

Howard began his 75-year, scientific career when he joined the National Bureau of Standards (later NIST) in 1928. His research interests included measurements of phase equilibria and reference X-ray powder patterns, and characterization of solid-state materials. Howard is credited as one of the founding fathers of the ICDD, (then the Joint Committee on Powder Diffraction Standards) in the late 1930s. He established an ICDD Research Associateship at the National Bureau of Standards in the Crystallography Section. For more than 30 years, this Associateship, under his guidance and leadership, prepared a broad set of important, accurate, and widely-used experimental powder diffraction patterns.

McMurdie Award

This award is named in honor of Mr. Howard McMurdie, long-time editor for ceramic and nonmetallic inorganic materials in the Powder Diffraction File™. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished work that improves the PDF’s ability to identify and characterize materials. The McMurdie Award is presented biennially.

Selection Process

Awardees are chosen by the McMurdie Award Selection Committee, which is comprised of past recipients. Nominations are solicited from the ICDD membership and circulated to the Selection Committee for consideration.

Award Presentation

The McMurdie Award, presented at an appropriate powder diffraction/crystallographic meeting, consists of a commemorative plaque, a gift of $1,000, and the recipient’s travel expenses to the meeting, in accordance with ICDD’s Travel Policy.

Submission Process

Nominations of candidates may be submitted to the Chairman of the McMurdie Award Selection Committee (see below) by completing a Nomination Form. In addition to the nomination form, the candidate’s curriculum vitae must be sent via e-mail to awards@icdd.com.

Chairman, McMurdie Award Selection Committee

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E-mail: awards@icdd.com

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be made by 15 August for the next year’s award.

RECIPIENTS
2018 McMurdie Award – Susan Quick

With great pleasure, ICDD awarded the 2018 McMurdie Award to Dr. Susan Quick of The Pennsylvania State University. Sue was recognized for her many distinguished contributions for over 25 years to the quality, content, coverage, and usefulness of the Powder Diffraction File™, in particular the Zeolite Subfile.

Since becoming a member in 1991, Sue has contributed to the ICDD in various ways. For her sustained meritorious service, she was honored in 2002 by being named as a Fellow. She currently chairs the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Committee, a role she’s held since 2009.  Most notably, Sue was instrumental in setting up the XRD Clinics, initially at Penn State, and then at ICDD. She has participated as an instructor for nearly 30 years and still continues to teach at the clinics today!

2016 McMurdie Award – Ann Sabina

The 2016 McMurdie Award was given posthumously to Ann Sabina, formerly of the Geological Survey of Canada, to recognize her many distinguished contributions to the quality, content, coverage, and usefulness of the Minerals Subfile of the Powder Diffraction File. As a volunteer, Ann spent nearly five decades working as a member of the ICDD Minerals Task Group, dedicated to improving the quality and uniqueness of the Minerals Subfile. In March 2015, the McMurdie Award Selection Committee chose Ann as the 2016 recipient; friend and colleague, Andy Roberts (Emeritus – Geological Survey of Canada), had the honor of informing Ann in June about the award. Ann was quite surprised and was looking forward to attending the ICDD Meeting of Members in March to accept it. However, she fell ill and passed away in September after a very brief illness.

Ann will be remembered for her dedication to mineralogy and gemology. She began her career at the Geological Survey of Canada in 1952 in the X-ray diffraction field. She was the author of the very popular series “Rocks and Minerals for the Collector”; co-founder of the Canadian Gemmological Association; and, a long-serving Treasurer for the Mineralogical Association of Canada.

Andy Roberts accepted the award on behalf of Ann’s family at the ICDD Meeting of Members.

2014 McMurdie Award – Evgeny Antipov

This award is given to recognize distinguished work, which improves the Powder Diffraction File™ in its purpose of identifying and characterizing materials. This year, the 2014 McMurdie Award was given to Dr. Evgeny Antipov, Moscow State University. Dr. Antipov was recognized for his many significant contributions over the last two decades to the quality, content, coverage, and usefulness of the Powder Diffraction File™, in particular, the Ceramics Subfile. In addition, his renowned role as an ICDD Ambassador to the Eastern European community has been instrumental in fostering collaborations and advancing the XRD discipline. In this role, Dr. Antipov promoted the Powder Diffraction File™ and ICDD organization as a whole, through educational workshops and the Grant-in-Aid Program.

In 2012, the ICDD was happy to award a member with the McMurdie Award, which is given biennially, to Andrew Roberts, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Over the years, Andrew Roberts has actively participated in both the Minerals and Metals and Alloys Task Groups. For 30 years, Andy has served as a subject expert in Mineral nomenclature and location. Andy meticulously reviews each mineral name and location for all calculated patterns, specifically entries from our collaborations with ICSD and LPF. Each year, Andy also reviews newly published mineral entries. His contributions have increased both the quality and uniqueness of the Powder Diffraction File. As a member of the Metals and Alloys Task Group, Andy participates in the Pearson Structure Code review, and structure prototype assignment.

Roy GarveyShao-Fan Lin and Harry Thielke were this year’s recipients for the McMurdie Award. Through this award, all three gentlemen were commended for their continuous contributions to the content and quality of the Organic Powder Diffraction File™. The award is named in honor of Howard McMurdie and is given every two years to recognize distinguished work, which improves the Powder Diffraction File™ (PDF)® in its purpose of identifying and characterizing materials. Dr. Garvey received his award at the Annual Meeting, while Dr. Lin will receive his award at a future meeting in China. Mr. Thielke’s award was given posthumously to recognize his lifetime of contributions.

Roy GarveyShao-Fan Lin and Harry Thielke were this year’s recipients for the McMurdie Award. Through this award, all three gentlemen were commended for their continuous contributions to the content and quality of the Organic Powder Diffraction File™. The award is named in honor of Howard McMurdie and is given every two years to recognize distinguished work, which improves the Powder Diffraction File™ (PDF)® in its purpose of identifying and characterizing materials. Dr. Garvey received his award at the Annual Meeting, while Dr. Lin will receive his award at a future meeting in China. Mr. Thielke’s award was given posthumously to recognize his lifetime of contributions.

Roy GarveyShao-Fan Lin and Harry Thielke were this year’s recipients for the McMurdie Award. Through this award, all three gentlemen were commended for their continuous contributions to the content and quality of the Organic Powder Diffraction File™. The award is named in honor of Howard McMurdie and is given every two years to recognize distinguished work, which improves the Powder Diffraction File™ (PDF)® in its purpose of identifying and characterizing materials. Dr. Garvey received his award at the Annual Meeting, while Dr. Lin will receive his award at a future meeting in China. Mr. Thielke’s award was given posthumously to recognize his lifetime of contributions.

The International Centre for Diffraction Data is pleased to announce that long-time ICDD member, Jeffrey Dann of Global Tungsten & Powders, (formerly OSRAM Sylvania), Towanda, PA, was named as the 2008 McMurdie Award Recipient at the ICDD Annual Meeting of Members, held 13 March 2008. However, the award itself was recently was presented at the Plenary Session of the 57th Annual Denver X-ray Conference, held in Denver, Colorado. Named in honor of Howard McMurdie, the award was established to recognize distinguished work which improves the Powder Diffraction File™ (PDF) in its purpose of identifying and characterizing inorganic solids.

Jeff was recognized for his many distinguished contributions, over the past three decades, to the quality, content, coverage and usefulness of the Inorganic Powder Diffraction File™,  in particular, the Metals and Alloys Subfile. Since 1976, Jeff has been an active participant of the Metals & Alloys Subcommittee and Task Team, serving as Chairman of the subcommittee for six years. In pursuing greater coverage of materials in the PDF, he also served as Chairman of the Target Systems Subcommittee. This subcommittee was responsible for identifying materials missing from the PDF and making recommendations to the Grant-in-Aid Committee to promote proposals focusing on these missing phases. Other ICDD activities include serving as Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors, and as an active member of the Ceramics, Database, Diffraction Methods, Editorial, and Organic Subcommittees.

We express our congratulations to Jeff on receiving this prestigious award and our sincere appreciation for his relentless efforts in structuring the PDF as a useful and comprehensive tool for the international scientific community.  We also thank Global Tungsten & Powders for their cooperation in supporting Jeff’s ICDD endeavors.

2006 McMurdie Award - Peter Wallace
2004 McMurdie Award - Winnie Wong-Ng
2002 McMurdie Award - Camden R. Hubbard
2000 McMurdie Award - Gregory J. McCarthy

**Deceased

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