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Myriam. P. Sarachik

Distinguished Professor of Physics Department of CUNY


A.B, Barnard College; M.S., Ph. D., Columbia University




Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Myriam Sarachik attended primary school in Antwerp and Havana, Cuba and high school at the Bronx High School of Science in New York. She earned a A. B. cum laude from Barnard College in 1954, majoring in physics. After working for a year at the IBM Watson Laboratories at Columbia University, she returned to graduate school to earn a M.S. in 1957 and a Ph.D. in 1960 from Columbia University.

 Professional Career

Following a year as a research associate at IBM Watson Laboratories while teaching at City College of New York in the evening, she became a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories at Murray Hill, New Jersey. In September 1964 she was appointed assistant professor at the City College of the City University of New York. She was promoted to associate professor in 1967, to the rank of professor in 1971, and was designated a Distinguished Professor in
1995, a position which she still occupies.

An experimental condensed matter physicist, Sarachik has published extensively in professional journals on her work in superconductivity, disordered metallic alloys, metal-insulator transitions in doped semiconductors, hopping transport in solids, properties of strongly interacting electrons in two dimensions, and spin dynamics in molecular magnets.

Dr. Sarachik has served in an advisory capacity to the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the American Institute of Physics, the National Research Council, and the National Academy of Sciences. She has been a member and the chair of the Solid State Sciences Committee of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Research Council and a member of the Board of the American Institute of Physics. Following many years' activities on numerous committees and as a Board member, she served as President of the American Physical Society in 2003.

She has served on numerous site visiting teams, evaluation panels, prize selection committees, and fellowship selection committees. She is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is currently a member of the Governing Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor Sarachik has been active in defending the human rights of scientists as a National Board member of the Committee of Concerned Scientists, a long-time member of the Human Rights of Scientists Committee of the New York Academy of Sciences, and as a member and chair of the Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists of the American Physical Society.

 Research, Honors and Awards

Myriam P. Sarachik received the 1995 New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, a 2004 Sloan Public Service Award from the Fund for the City of New York, the 2005 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics, and was chosen the 2005 L'Oreal/UNESCO Award "For Women in Science" for North America. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Amherst College in 2006.

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