Peter J. Statham

Dr. Peter J. Statham has been a leader in the science and technology of microanalysis for more than 35 years, responsible for many contributions in the scientific literature (more than 80 papers) as well as patents and important advances in commercial energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry measurement platforms.

He also has a long and distinguished history with the Microanalysis Society, serving our organization in many roles over the years, and he is the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards granted by our society. MAS is pleased to present Peter with the Presidential Science Award at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2011 in Nashville, TN.

Peter began his career in the United Kingdom, receiving a first degree in Physics from Cambridge before obtaining a Ph.D. from the same institution based on a thesis entitled “Quantitative X-ray energy spectrometry”. He then continued his work on energy-dispersive spectrometry in the United States as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, where he also began a long-term interest in image processing. Peter returned to the UK to accept a position at Link Systems, which in 1989 became part of the Oxford Instruments Group; he is currently Director of Research at Oxford Instruments Nanoanalysis.

Peter has served on MAS Council and on the Institute of Physics EMAG Committee, and he is currently the UK technical expert for energy-dispersive spectrometry appointed to the ISO/TC 202 Committee on Microbeam Analysis. It is perhaps not surprising that Peter has earned such recognition during his career in microanalysis because in 1986 then-MAS-President Gordon Cleaver presented Peter with the very first K. F. J. Heinrich Award, honoring his distinguished technical contributions as a scientist under the age of forty.