Prize Recipient

Peter Denes

Peter Denes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


"For his pioneering advances in detectors for electron and X-ray microscopy, especially the development of complementary metal oxide semiconductor detectors for electron microscopy, and column parallel readout charge coupled devices for ptychographic X-ray microscope."


Peter Denes, Ph.D., received a B.S. in Physics in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Physics in 1984 from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque). From 1985 to 2000, Dr. Denes was a senior research physicist at Princeton University (N.J.). At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, where Dr. Denes has been since 2000, his work focuses on high-speed electron and soft X-ray imaging detectors for in-situ microscopies. The high-speed electron microscopy detectors he has developed have been pivotal in enabling the structural biology “resolution revolution”, somewhat akin to replacing blurred pictures with movies. His current research efforts aim to extend those techniques to massively parallel neural recording. In 2009, Dr. Denes was awarded the Secretary of the Department of Energy’s Excellence Award for his work on the Transmission Electron Aberration-Corrected Microscope project. In 2015, he received the Berkeley Laboratory Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering development of direct detectors for electron and soft X-ray microscopy. Dr. Denes is a member of the American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Selection Committee:

2017 Selection Committee Members: Chuck Agosta (Chair), Al Migliori, Terry Jack, William Coniglio