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Spiro recognized for pioneering work

Princeton chemist Thomas Spiro has been selected to receive the 2005 Founders Award for outstanding achievement in biophysics from the Biophysical Society.

Spiro, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry , was chosen for his pioneering role in applying techniques from physics, particularly a procedure called Raman spectroscopy, to understand the function of biological molecules such as proteins and nucleic acids.

He will receive the $1,000 award at the Biophysical Society's annual meeting Feb. 12-16 in Long Beach, Calif. The 7,000-member society encourages the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics.

Spiro has been a faculty member at Princeton since 1963 and served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1980 until 1989. His laboratory has spearheaded the development of resonance Raman spectroscopy as tool for revealing the structure and function of biological molecules. The technique takes advantage of the "Raman effect" in which light striking a molecule sometimes gains or loses energy in a way that reveals the identity and energy state of the molecule. Spiro received the first Bomem-Michelson Award in 1986 for fundamental contributions to molecular spectroscopy.

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