Thirty Years of Mass Spectrometry: A Personal Perspective

Author: Beynon, J. H.

Source: Applied Spectroscopy, Volume 33, Issue 4, Pages 339-413 (July/August 1979) , pp. 339-345(7)

Publisher: Society for Applied Spectroscopy

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It is a great honor to receive the Maurice F. Hasler Award for 1979 which recognizes the achievements of Dr. Hasler in developing instrumentation and optical systems for spectrochemical analysis. The previous seven recipients have set a standard of achievement which it is difficult to approach, let alone match and so my feeling of pride at having been chosen for the Award is tempered by humility. Mass spectrometry has always been on the fringes of spectroscopy and there have even been arguments that the subject should not be classified as spectroscopy at all. I have always believed that the name for my subject is a good one and that a spectrum is "a display of any type of radiation as a function of its wavelength, energy, momentum, mass, or any other related quantity." Certainly, more and more mass spectrometric papers now deal with studies of transitions between ionic states and thus emphasize the spectroscopic nature of the subject. The recognition of the importance of mass spectrometry implied by my being chosen for this Award by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a source of particular pleasure to me. May I end these introductory remarks by thanking Bausch and Lomb and in particular a Division of this Company, the Applied Research Laboratories (for whom Dr. Hasler worked), for sponsoring the Award.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Royal Society Research Professor, University College of Swansea, Singleton Park, SWANSEA SA2 8PP, United Kingdom

Publication date: July 1, 1979

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