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STANFORD -- Two Stanford scientists - applied physics Professor Stephen E. Harris and mathematics Professor Richard M. Schoen - are among the 297 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science who have been elected fellows this year.
According to the AAAS, fellows are selected based on their efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. The new fellows will be presented with a certificate and pin in February at the association's annual meeting.
Harris, who is also the Kenneth and Barbara Oshman Professor in the School of Engineering, is an expert in laser physics who explores and develops new laser concepts. In particular, he develops lasers that produce extremely short pulses of light and is studying processes that cause materials to become transparent when exposed to electromagnetic fields.
Schoen's research explores "minimal surfaces" - surfaces that span given curves with the least area. The study of minimal surfaces has allowed mathematicians to solve a number of famous conjectures regarding Einstein's theory of general relativity, as well as important problems in geometry and topology. Schoen is an Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
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