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Thomas John Greytak, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Greytak has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in physics education.

    CHESTNUT HILL, MA, August 27, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Thomas John Greytak, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Greytak 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.

While at high school in Seattle, Dr. Greytak found that he had an interest in math, physics and chemistry. In addition to the material he learned in school he taught himself more advanced mathematics from a local educational television station. During the course of his formal education, he received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in Electrical Engineering. During this time he spent his summers working as a co-op student at Bell Laboratories. During his first summer, Dr. Greytak designed electrical circuits, during the second summer, he worked with a group that developed some of the first visible lasers, and during the third summer, he made measurements on high temperature superconductors.

Back at MIT Dr. Greytak changed from the EE department to the Physics Department where he received his Doctor of Philosophy and joined the faculty. In his career, he has served as an instructor, assistant, associate and full professor. He served as the head of the atomic, condensed matter, and plasma physics division, and then as the associate department head. Dr. Greytak retired in 2011 as the Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics Emeritus. Subsequently he has worked part-time on various projects for the Physics Department.

In addition to his primary roles as an educator, Dr. Greytak also excelled as a visiting scientist in the Physics Department of the University of California San Diego. His experimental research involved using laser spectroscopy to study the behavior of matter at temperatures near absolute zero, including Bose-Einstein condensation in atomic hydrogen. For his accomplishments throughout his career, Dr. Greytak earned the International BEC 2015 Senior Prize in collaboration with Daniel Kleppner and Harald Hess. He also received the Buechner Teaching Prize, and the MIT School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

As a dedicated educator, Dr. Greytak has most enjoyed hearing from former students who have all done well in their careers. Of his 29 PhD graduates, 6 are women. He has maintained his professional affiliation with the American Academy of Arts and Science, as well as the American Physical Society.

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