Prize Recipient

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John Galayda


"For his leadership and outstanding and pioneering contributions to the development, construction and commissioning of the LCLS, the first X-ray FEL to lase at 0.15nm, and his contribution of the Advanced Photon Source and the National Synchrotron Light Source."


John Galayda is director of the Linac Coherent Light Source II project at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He joined SLAC in 2001 to lead the Linac Coherent Light Source project (LCLS). In 2005, Galayda received the first joint appointment to both SLAC faculties: Photon Science, and Particle Physics and Astrophysics.

Galayda came to SLAC from Argonne National Laboratory where, from 1990-99, he led construction, commissioning and operations of the Advanced Photon Source accelerator systems.

From 1977-90 he worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he participated in the construction and commissioning of the National Synchrotron Light Source. He received a tenure appointment at BNL in 1986.

Galayda represents the Division of Physics of Beams as a member of the APS Council. He was awarded the Free-Electron Laser Prize at the 2012 FEL Conference in Nara, Japan. He became a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996. In 1989 he was co-recipient of an R&D100 award for the NSLS orbit control system. Galayda received a doctoral degree in physics from Rutgers University in 1977. He graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University in 1970, receiving a bachelor's degree in physics. He was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Selection Committee:

Derek Lowenstein, Chair; P. Burrows; J. Madey; J. Delayen; W. Leemans