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Rufus Ritchie came from Kentucky coal country, a region not known for producing physicists. World events, nevertheless, provided opportunities.


For over half a century, Robert Compton has been a celebrated experimentalist and inspirational leader and teacher in the fields of physics and chemistry.

Liane Russell

The life of celebrated ORNL biologist Liane Russell was remarkable in many respects — from her childhood flight from Austria ahead of the Nazi invasion to her 60-year career as a trailblazing woman in the field of genetics to her decades of advocacy for environmental causes. 

Herb Mook

Herb Mook was a driving force in ORNL neutron s​cience ​for four decades, a prolific and pioneering experimentalist, and a leader and mentor for generations of neutron scattering scientists. 

Petro Maksymovych

Every year, the Web of Science Group announces its list of Highly Cited Researchers. This year's list includes nine scientists from ORNL.

Xin Sun

It's easy enough to see why ORNL is looking forward to the coming decade and beyond.