Prize Recipient

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Philip J. Wyatt
Wyatt Technology Corporation


"For pioneering developments in the physics of the inverse scattering problem: new applications of laser light scattering and the successful sustained commercialization of new related analytical methods and instrumentation."


  • He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago (AB 1952, SB 1954) with additional studies at Christ's College, Cambridge University
  • He completed his graduate studies at the University of Illinois (MS 1956) and the Florida State University (Ph. D. 1959) 
  • During graduate school, he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and upon graduation joined the Ford Motor Companys Aeronutronic Division. Other employment until 1968 included General Research Corporation and EG&G (1967-68). In 1968, he founded Science Spectrum, Inc. his first entrepreneurial venture focused on BW defense and food quality. That firm closed in 1982 at which time he founded Wyatt Technology Corporation where he continues as its CEO. 
  • His scientific endeavors continue with his direction of the firms ongoing research, development and manufacturing in the field of analytical instrumentation with particular attention to the study and measurement of protein interactions, nanoparticle structure, drug development and delivery, and biodefense.
Wyatt is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. His other memberships include Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma, American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and AAAS. He was nominated by the National Academy of Sciences as one of sixteen candidates for the first Scientist-Astronaut Selection Program (1965). In 2003, he was named Graduate of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences at FSU. He has served on the Executive Committees of GIMS and FIAP. He is Registered Agent before the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.