Canadian Association of Physicists ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES


2003 CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics

will be awarded to


"I'm deeply grateful to the CAP for the honor. I hope that it is taken as recognition, not so much of my own contributions, but rather those of my many excellent collaborators, postdocs and graduate students, without whom none of the work would have been done."

Dr. Kenneth StandingOttawa, March 10, 2003 - The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2003 CAP Medal of Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics is being awarded to Dr. Kenneth G. STANDING of the University of Manitoba for several major accomplishments during his scientific career, mainly his leading development of orthogonal time-of-flight mass spectrometry, his pioneer work in study of large protein multimers and in the characterization of metalloproteins by mass spectrometry. The construction, the commissioning and operation of the University of Manitoba 50 MeV sector-focussed negative hydrogen ion cyclotron.

Kenneth G. Standing is an internationally recognized expert in the development of Time-of-Flight mass spectroscopy, which among other is of great importance for the study of biomolecules. For over twenty years he has led with great success the Time-of-Flight mass spectroscopy group at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, a group known for its innovations of instrumentation.

Kenneth G. Standing recognized always early on new developments and discoveries important to the progress of the field and had these incorporated in the instrumentation of the Time-of-Flight mass spectroscopy group. He has been very successful in attracting and training high caliber younger collaborators, many of whom have become leaders in the field in both academic and industrial settings. He instigated high-profile collaborations with groups at institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard University, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Kenneth G. Standing is recognized in particular for the design and construction of the first Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) apparatus. This instrument was completed two year ahead of the one being worked on by the best placed and much better funded competing group. He is also recognized as having designed and built the first competitive orthogonal-injection ElectroSpray Ionization (ESI) Time-of-Flight instrument. The instrument was superior to quadrupole mass filters. The particular design has led to the commercial availability of Time-of-Flight and quadrupole-Time-of-Flight hybrid instruments (through MDS Sciex Corporation). He is also widely recognized as one of the pioneers in the use of ESI Time-of-Flight mass spectroscopy for the analysis of non-covalent complexes with masses up to one million mass units. Kenneth G. Standing is also the holder of an orthogonal-injection Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption (MALDI) patent. This patent is licensed by MDS Sciex. The MALDI source has been widely commercialized by MDS Sciex and others.

In his early career Kenneth G. Standing was responsible for the design, construction, and commissioning of the University of Manitoba sector- focussed negative hydrogen-ion 50 MeV cyclotron.

The CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics (formerly the Prize for Innovative Applied Physics of the CAP's Division of Industrial and Applied Physics) was established in 1991 and has been awarded biennially since. Dr. Standing will receive the 2003 Medal during the CAP's awards banquet to be held at the University of Prince Edward Island on June 10th, 2003.

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