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AGU Fellow: Luther recognized by American Geophysical Union for pioneering research

AGU Fellow:  Luther recognized by American Geophysical Union for pioneering research

As a marine chemist conducting research in the 1980s, George Luther was continually circling between the field to collect salt marsh sediment samples and the lab to measure their chemical makeup. Tired of the process, and concerned about chemical reactions changing results during sampling, he invented a creative solution in the early 1990s: a gold-tipped microelectrode sensor that could take instantaneous readings right in the ground. Two decades later he is being recognized for his innovative approach and other achievements by being named a 2012 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow for “his pioneering research in redox reactions, trace element speciation and development of novel in situ electrochemical methods.” The honor is given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained eminence in the fields of earth and space sciences. Luther is among only 61 fellows elected this year who will be acknowledged at an annual AGU meeting in December.