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George Stafford Named 2001 Recipient of Mass Spec Award

NEW YORK, May 23 – George Stafford, director of research for Thermo Electron’s Thermo Finnigan business, is slated to receive the 2001 Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry award for his work in ion trap mass spec, Thermo Electron said Wednesday.

The award, which will be presented by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry during its annual conference, May 27 – May 31, recognizes a singular achievement in, or contribution to, fundamental or applied mass spectrometry.

"His [Stafford’s] work redefined ion trap mass spectrometry, enabling it to be commercialized in 1983,” Richard Syron, CEO of Thermo Electron, said in a statement.

Stafford joined Thermo Finnigan in 1976 after completing his doctoral degree in analytical chemistry at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He is the first recipient of the award to have spent his entire career working in industry.

Recipients of the award receive a $4,000 prize.

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