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Professor Turro is awarded the Mayor's Medal for Excellence in Science and Technology

Nick and New York Mayor Bloomberg

On Wednesday, October 13, 2004 Professor Turro was awarded a Medal of Excellence from Mayor, Robert Bloomberg in City Hall of New York. The award cites Professor Turro's contributions to Science in the City of New York for his research "in the use of photochemistry and spectroscopy to reveal the structure and dynamics of supramolecular systems that are beyond the molecule" and for his "being at the forefront in the development of information technologies for the teaching of science".


Turro, a graduate of Wesleyan University who earned the Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology, has taught at Columbia since 1964. He is the author of "Modern Molecular Photochemistry," the standard text in the field for nearly four decades and has published more than 760 research papers in established scientific journals. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sixty students have obtained the Ph.D. and 170 post-doctoral students have been trained under his supervision.