Award-Winning Physicist Speaks as Part of Homecoming Celebrations at Baylor University

Oct. 31, 2012
Marlan O. ScullyMarlan O. Scully photo courtesy of Baylor Photography

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 1, 2012) - After receiving the Frederic Ives Medal / Quinn Prize in October for his groundbreaking work in quantum optics, Baylor University Distinguished Researcher Marlan O. Scully, Ph.D., will speak in a homecoming colloquium hosted by the department of physics in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University. The colloquium will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in Room D.109 of the Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave.

Scully has conducted extensive research in the areas of quantum optics, laser physics and bioengineering. He authored textbooks on quantum optics and laser physics, along with more than 700 research articles published in professional journals. He has received numerous awards, including this year's Frederic Ives Medal / Quinn Prize, the highest honor conferred by The Optical Society (OSA).

"We are often informed about the apparent conflict between science and religion. Unfortunately, we do not often hear about instances in which scientific studies are guided and informed by religious convictions," said Greg Benesh, Ph.D., professor and chairman in the department of physics in the College of Arts & Sciences. "This is an opportunity for students to hear about the harmony between science and faith from the point of view of a truly eminent physicist!"

The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call the department of physics at 254-710-2511.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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