The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science 2012-13  

Schelly honored for contributions in electro-optics

Zoltan Schelly
Zoltan A. Schelly, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, was awarded the 2012 Kerr Medal for his seminal contributions to the field of electro-optics.
Schelly was presented with the award September 5 at the 13th International Symposium on Colloidal and Molecular Electro- optics in Ghent, Belgium. The Kerr Medal, named for Scottish physicist John Kerr, has been awarded only eight times in the past 38 years.
"Thank you. I feel greatly honored by the international electro-optics community," Schelly said upon receiving the award. "I accept the Kerr Medal on behalf of my co-workers – graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at UTA – whose more than two decades of dedicated research and novel contributions are being acknowledged."
"I know I speak for everyone in the College of Science in congratulating Dr. Schelly upon his receiving the Kerr Medal," College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma said. "This is truly a remarkable achievement and it attests to the groundbreaking work Dr. Schelly has done in the field of electro-optics. The fact that he is just the eighth person to receive the award speaks to the significance of his contributions."
Schelly, a native of Budapest, Hungary, came to UT Arlington in 1977 and retired in 2011. He served as director of the department's Center for Colloidal and Interfacial Dynamics for nearly 30 years.