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George Phillips named Biophysical Society fellow

Phillips award

Courtesy of Rice News
September 18, 2014 

Rice University biochemist George Phillips ’74 has been named a fellow of the Biophysical Society for his fundamental contributions to the science of X-ray crystallography.

According to the society, the award honors members who have demonstrated excellence in science and contributed to the expansion of the field of biophysics.

Phillips, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in the Department of BioSciences, is one of five American scientists to receive this honor this year and will join the others at an awards ceremony at the society’s annual meeting on Feb. 8, 2015, in Baltimore.

Phillips earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry at Rice as well as the university’s first Ph.D. in biochemistry. He has returned to Rice twice to teach, first in 1987 and again in 2012 after 12 years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The society cited his work to detail protein structures, dynamics and solvation through X-ray diffraction, as well as his efforts to promote graduate and postdoctoral training in biophysics.