Title: TEES Distinguished Professor
Company: Texas A&M University
Location: Bryan, Texas, United States
Peter M. Rentzepis, TEES Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical and computer engineering.
Dr. Rentzepis is well known as a pioneer of three-dimensional photochromic optical memory, a way of using existing laser data technology that he developed in 1989 to massively improve data density in recording devices. He was named the TEES Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014, after 54 years in research and higher learning. Notably, Dr. Rentzepis headed the physical and inorganic chemistry research department at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1973 to 1985, and taught as presidential chair and professor of chemistry with the University of California, Irvine, from 1974 to 2014.
Born in Kalamata, Greece, Dr. Rentzepis attended Denison College and matriculated toward a master’s degree with Syracuse University. He completed a PhD with Cambridge University in 1963, after working as a technical research staff member with the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York. Dr. Rentzepis delved into research, and in the 1980 he was awarded an honorary PhD from Syracuse University, followed by honorary doctorates from Denison University and Carnegie Mellon University. He received an Honorary DSc from the Technical University of Greece in 1995. After his prolific career as a laboratory researcher, he was welcomed by the University of California, Irvine as a regent lecturer, and stayed on as presidential chair and professor of chemistry from 1974 to 2014, when he accepted his current role.
Dr. Rentzepis is the recipient of numerous awards in the sciences, notably a Tolman Medal and the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry from the American chemical Society, as well as the A. Cressy Morrison Award in Natural Sciences from the New York Academy of Sciences and an Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics from the American Physical Society. His developments in the field of biochemistry instrumentation have merited a 1979 Award for Significant Contribution from the International Spill Control Organization, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the US Honorary Research Society, Sigma Xi, and the Athenian Academy, National Academy of Greece as well as a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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