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G. Samuel Hurst Enters UK's Hall of Distinguished Alumni

G. Samuel Hurst, retired research professor, was recently inducted into the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

Berea alumnus G. Samuel Hurst enters UK's Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni was established in 1965 in celebration of the university’s centennial year. Every five years the University of Kentucky Alumni Association recognizes a select group of outstanding alumni and honors them with induction into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Less than one percent of UK alumni have received this award.

In accepting the award, Hurst said, “I love the University of Kentucky. I am deeply honored by this award.”

Hurst is a retired corporate research Fellow from Oak Ridge National Laboratory where his 33-year career involved research on instrumentation, atomic physics, gaseous electronics and laser physics, including original work on Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS). He has over 20 patents in the fields of radiation, detectors, touch screens and RIS. Hurst was instrumental in the founding of Consultec Scientific Inc., Atom Sciences Inc., and Pellissippi International Inc.

In 1947 Hurst earned a degree in physics from Berea College. He received a master’s degree in physics from UK in 1948, and a doctoral degree in the same field from the University of Tennessee in 1959.

Hurst was a visiting research professor in the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University from 1962-63. He was a professor at the Ford Foundation at the University of Tennessee and was the first director of the Institute of Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy at Tennessee. Hurst taught physics at UK from 1966-70. While at UK, he invented the widely-used computer touch screen.

Hurst and his wife, Betty, live in Knoxville, Tenn.

Other 2005 University of Kentucky Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni inductees are: Trudy W. Banta, William M. Bass III, Dermontti F. Dawson, William L. Fouse, Virginia G. Fox, Joel C. Gordon, William R. Grant, Angelo B. Henderson, Robert G. Lawson, Earnest O. Robbins II, Howard L. Schnellenberger, William R. Sims, Marcia K. Stanhope, Joseph G. Teague, Lee T. Todd Jr., Douglas J. Von Allmen, Emery A. Wilson, and George C. Wright.

* Submitted by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.

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