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Professor Ian S. McLean Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Prof. McLean has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of physics and astronomy

As a seasoned scientist, Professor Ian S. McLean has published extensively.

    LOS ANGELES, CA, April 08, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Professor Ian S. McLean with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Prof. McLean celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Having joined the faculty of the University of California Los Angeles in 1989, Prof. McLean has garnered a laudable reputation as a distinguished professor in the department of physics and astronomy since 1989. During his career on campus, he has notably served as the vice chairman of astronomy and as the vice chairman of academic affairs. He has likewise served as the founder and director of the infrared laboratory for astrophysics since 1989. An expert in infrared astronomy and astronomical instrumentation, Prof. McLean formerly worked in Hawaii at the Joint Astronomy Center between 1986 and 1989 as a principal scientific officer. Additionally, he contributed for six years in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Royal Observatory between 1980 and 1986, beginning as a senior research fellow for one year and subsequently as a senior scientific officer.

Renowned for building the world's first infrared camera for wide use by astronomers in 1986, Prof. McLean has since built several increasingly sophisticated infrared cameras and spectrometers, which split light into its component colors. In his lab at UCLA, he has produced instruments for the W.M. Keck Observatory, Lick Observatory, Gemini Observatory and NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. Prof. McLean also built a machine with several of his colleagues which has allowed scientists to study, for the first time, the earliest galaxies in the universe. The five-ton instrument, called the Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infra-Red Exploration, or MOSFIRE for short, was installed in the Keck I Telescope at the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

Prof. McLean also served as the principal investigator for a research imaging instrument known as FLITECAM on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified 747 SP jetliner that is considered the world's largest airborne observatory. FLITECAM is a camera that can be converted to a spectrometer electronically by using a computer. It can be used to study planets orbiting distant stars and those eclipsed when an asteroid or comet in the outer part of the solar system passes in front of them. Among other accomplishments, Prof. McLean has made substantial contributions to airborne astronomy and has conducted research in optical and infrared astronomy and the use of CCDs and infrared array detectors.

As a seasoned scientist, Prof. McLean has published extensively. In addition to contributing articles to various scientific journals, he has authored several books, including the second edition of "Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation" in 2008. Other books to Prof. McLean's credit include "Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation" in 1997, "Infrared Astronomy with Arrays: The Next Generation" in 1994 and "Electronic and Computer-Aided Astronomy: From Eyes to Electronic Sensors: Ellis Horwood Library of Space Science and Space Technology" in 1989.

Prof. McLean received a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy, with honors, at the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1971, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in astronomy in 1974. To remain aware of developments in his field, he has maintained his membership with such organizations as the Paris chapter of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), for which he is a past president. Prof. McLean is likewise an elected fellow and senior member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers and inaugural fellow of the American Astronomical Society.

In 2018, Prof. McLean was presented with the 2017 American Astronomical Society's Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation, which is given for outstanding design, invention or significant improvement of instrumentation leading to advances in astronomy. He previously received a Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award for Instrumentation for his work on MOSFIRE by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 2016 and an Exceptional Merit Award from the United Kingdom Science and Engineering Research Council in 1989. Among other recognitions, an asteroid was named after him. A celebrated Marquis listee, Prof. McLean has been cited in approximately 30 editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in the World.

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