1993 › J. Wayne Rabalais
15th Farfel Recipient
Department of Chemistry
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Born in Bunkie, Louisiana, Wayne Rabalais
received his doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1970.
He spent the next year in Sweden as a NATO postdoctoral fellow studying
photoelectron and Auger spectroscopy with the Nobel Prize winning
professor Kai Siegbahn. When he returned to the United States, Professor
Rabalais moved north, to the University of Pittsburgh. By 1975,
however, he had come back to the South to join the University of
Houstons rapidly growing chemistry department.
Here Professor Rabalais has continued
his study of surface structures. As a result of his important research,
he has received numerous honors throughout his career. He is a member
of the Louisiana State Hall of Distinction, as well as the Phi Lambda
Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society. He has won two technical writing
awards, of which he is deservedly proud. In addition, in 1985, he
won the University of Houstons Research Excellence Award.
Professor Rabalais became a Cullen Distinguished Professor in 1988;
in 1995, he was awarded a joint appointment in both the chemistry
and the physics departments.
Professor Rabalais received the Esther Farfel Award in 1993. He
has also served on the Farfel selection committee and therefore
knows just how rigorous the selection process is. Receiving
the Farfel Award is considered a tremendous honor, he explains.
It is undoubtedly the highest honor bestowed by the University
of Houston. As a recipient, I feel its a great compliment
from the university, and an indication of their satisfaction with