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On April 30, 2015 Dr. John Spence was elected to the Fellowship and Foreign Membership of the Royal Society https://royalsociety.org/about-us/fellowship/new-fellows-2015/.
Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.
Professor John Spence for MemRS
Richard Snell Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Arizona State University and Director of Science, NSF BioXFEL Science and Technology Center
John Spence is distinguished for his innovative world-leading contributions to both biology and materials science. He led the team which conceived the first application of X-ray free-electron lasers (XFEL) to structural biology using protein nanocrystals and he pioneered femtosecond serial crystallography. He is also a world leader in the development and application of atomic-resolution electron microscopy. For example, he co-invented a widely used technique for locating impurity atoms in nanocrystals and published the first observation of dislocation kinks, at atomic resolution. He has developed new microscopes and spectroscopes which have given scientists new eyes to understand atomic processes in solids.