Markus Pessa

Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Markus V. Pessa, born in Nov. 21, 1941. He is the Founder of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), 1999, of TUT. He has authored about 800 journal articles and conference papers on optoelectronics, photoelectron spectroscopy, and surface science. He was one of the first to develop a photoemission triangulation method to determine k-vectors of electronic states in pure metals, and the first to discover surface electronic states in alloys. He was the first in Europe to use gas-source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The most visible role that made him known to the public at large is his assistance in founding epi-wafer and laser manufacturing in Finland. He is a Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, awarded by the President of the Repub-lic of Finland, 1996. He was designated Professor of the Year (Finland), 1997. He received the Gold Medal of Tampere, 2006, and a Golden Public Service Medal from the President of Finland in 2007 as well as a Distinction Award from the Millennium Technology Prize Foundation, the Main Prize of Pirkanmaa Cultural Foundation, and the Prize from Pirkanmaa Union. He was designated Honorary Professor in Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009. He is a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Engineering, 2006–, and a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Technology, 1994–. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kista Photonics Research Center (Stockholm), 2003–2009, and the Delegation of Finnish Cultural Institute in Tokyo 2002–. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics IOP (London), 2004–. He belonged to the Editorial Boards of New J. Phys., 2002–2009 (London), IET Optoelectronics, 2007– (London), and Advances in Opti-cal Technologies, 2010.

Biography Updated on 19 April 2010

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