Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Herman Y. Carr Scholarship

The Herman Y. Carr Scholarship is awarded annually to two Rutgers physics majors who, in the judgment of the physics faculty, have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence. The scholarship was established by an anonymous donor in honor of Herman Y. Carr, who was a professor of physics at Rutgers until his retirement in 1987. The scholarship winners are announced at the Departmental Awards Banquet in April, sponsored by the Rutgers Society of Physics Students .

A photograph of Prof. Carr is shown above. Click on the picture to see a larger image.

Herman Y. Carr (1924-2008)

Biographical sketch contributed by Paul Leath

Herman Y. Carr was born in 1924 in Alliance, Ohio. He received his B.S. (1948), M.S.(1949), and Ph.D.(1953) degrees from Harvard University. His thesis, under the direction of Edward Purcell, incorporated many ingenious refinements and extensions of free precession techniques into nuclear magnetic resonance, including the Carr-Purcell multi-echo sequence, and what is believed to be the first example of magnetic resonance imaging.

At Rutgers, he continued his pioneering work developing new techniques, while carrying out fundamental studies such as that of fluid xenon critical phenomena near its liquid-vapor critical point. The techniques his group developed laid much of the groundwork for present day magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Carr was also known as a fine teacher, and coauthor, with Richard Weidner, in 1971, of a well-known introductory physics textbook, entitled "Physics From The Ground Up". He retired from Rutgers in 1987.

Carr died on April 9, 2008. He remained active scientifically up until his death. He was scheduled to give the lead-off (plenary) talk at a major international meeting organized by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, in Toronto in early May. He was preparing his talk, entitled "The origin of MRI in Physics - Curiosity, Serendipity and Inventions" until just before his death.

Winners of the Herman Y. Carr Scholarship

2001-02Liam mac LynneKing Tsoi  
2002-03John QuinnGail Schneider  
2003-04Kevin KnobbeJohan Reyes  
2004-05Dmitri IvanovJoseph Walsh  
2005-06Neil WilsonJoseph Wolf  
2006-07Anthony BarkerJack Hanson  
2007-08Scott RobinsonJordan Ledvina  
2008-09Yifan LinBenjamin Shappee  
2009-10Scott DemarestJonathan Sloane  
2010-11Tyler GordaCharles Loelius  
2011-12Victoria YuJoseph Reichert  
2012-13Christina KrawiecJulia Gonski  
2013-14Aravind DevarakondaTaylor Smith Asher Wasserman
2014-15David OstermanJohn Tamanas Alexander Sandberg

Photographs from Awards Banquets

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Prof. Mohan Kalelkar (left) and scholarship winners Liam mac Lynne (middle) and King Tsoi (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 12, 2001.
Scholarship winners John Quinn (left) and Gail Schneider (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 16, 2002.
Scholarship winners Kevin Knobbe (left) and Johan Reyes (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 22, 2003.
Scholarship winners Dmitri Ivanov (left) and Joseph Walsh (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 20, 2004.
Prof. Herman Carr (middle) and scholarship winners Joseph Wolf (left) and Neil Wilson (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 26, 2005.
Scholarship winners Anthony Barker (left) and Jack Hanson (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 18, 2006.
Scholarship winners Scott Robinson (left) and Jordan Ledvina (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 24, 2007.
Scholarship winners Yifan Lin (left) and Benjamin Shappee (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 29, 2008.
Scholarship winners Scott Demarest (left) and Jonathan Sloane (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 21, 2009.
Scholarship winners Tyler Gorda (left) and Charles Loelius (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 27, 2010.
Scholarship winners Victoria Yu (left) and Joseph Reichert (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 26, 2011.
Scholarship winners Christina Krawiec (left) and Julia Gonski (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 17, 2012.
Scholarship winners Aravind Devarakonda (left), Taylor Smith (middle), and Asher Wasserman (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 23, 2013.
Scholarship winners David Osterman (left), John Tamanas (middle), and Alexander Sandberg (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 22, 2014.

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