ASMS News & Views

Oct 29, 2014

Chris Enke Receives Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Chris G. Enke, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Michigan State University and The University of New Mexico, and Adjunct Professor at Indiana University, received the 2014 Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry from the Analytical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society at the 248th ACS National Meeting held August 10-14, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. The Distinguished Service Award is given annually ‘to an individual who through professional service in activities such as teaching, writing, research, and administration has substantially and uniquely enhanced the field of analytical chemistry’.

Professor Enke received his BA degree from Principia College in 1955 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1959. Prior to his move to The University of New Mexico in 1994, he was Instructor and Assistant Professor at Princeton University and then Associate Professor, Professor, and Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. Sixty-nine students received their Ph.D.’s under his direction. Alone and with them, he has published over 140 papers, 18 book chapters, and obtained 13 patents. To-date, these works have been cited over 3000 times. 
Throughout his career, Prof. Enke’s research interests have included electroanalytical chemistry (high-speed charge transfer kinetic studies, introduction of operational amplifiers and computer control in electrochemical instrumentation), conductance (invention of the bipolar pulse conductance method now universally employed), computer-based instrumentation (including distributed microprocessor control systems), array detector spectroscopy (one of the first vidicon applications), and mass spectrometry (discovery of low-energy ion fragmentation and co-invention of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, interpretation of MS/MS spectra, and the equilibrium partition theory of electrospray ionization). His most recent accomplishments have been the invention of distance-of-flight mass spectrometry and the discovery that the distribution of component concentrations in complex mixtures is very likely lognormal. He is currently immersed in the study of epistemology, trying to sort out the facts that scientists know and use from the explanations we make up to explain them. In teaching, he is best known for the series of text and lab books on Electronics for Scientists which he coauthored with Howard Malmstadt and Stan Crouch.

Prof. Enke has served as President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and as Chair of the Analytical Division and the Computers in Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. He has also served on many professional society and journal advisory boards. He received the ASMS award for Distinguished Contribution to Mass Spectrometry in 1993. He received the ACS awards for Scientific Instrumentation in 1974, Computers in Chemistry in 1989, and Analytical Chemistry in 2011, and received the ACS Analytical Chemistry Division’s J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education in 2003. He is a Fellow of ACS and AAAS.