1994 › Simon Moss
16th Farfel Recipient
Department of Physics
M. D. Anderson Distinguished Professor of Physics
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Born in New York and educated at MIT,
Simon Moss found his way to Houston only gradually, with several
stops along the way. Professor Moss served as a professor in the
department of metallurgy and materials science at MIT before traveling
to Melbourne, Australia, as a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.
In the early 1970s he took a position in industry, but by 1972,
he had joined the physics department at the University of Houston.
Here Professor Moss has continued his
research, in addition to teaching undergraduates and training over
50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. His efforts have
been amply rewarded, both by the University of Houston, which granted
him a Research Excellence Award in 1990, and by a number of international
physics and science societies. In 1975, for example, he was elected
Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 1979, he received the
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award, and in
1993, he received the David Adler Lectureship Award from the American
Physical Society. Most recently, in 1994, he shared the Max Planck
Research Award with Professor J.S. Peisl of Munich.
Despite the multitude of awards and tributes
Professor Moss has received, he maintains that the Esther Farfel
Award, which he received in 1994, is among the most important. Receiving
the Farfel, Professor Moss explains, represents as nice a
thing as a university can do. Its really a way for the university
to say thank youwere pleased to have you here.
Looking back on my career, I dont think theres much
more that the university can do for me than it has already done.And
that really is a very good feeling.