The Jeffrey Award: A Report, November, 2006.
Soon after Prof George Jeffrey died in February, 2000, plans
were made for setting up a memorial fund.
For many years, he was University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh
and Chair of the Crystallography Department. As a memorial, my proposal to the
Jeffrey family was to set up Jeffrey Awards to assist gifted graduate students in
attending the Congresses of the International Union of Crystallography. We agreed that this would be appropriate
because Prof Jeffrey had done so much to promote crystallography world
wide. His friends, colleagues and former
students were to be found in Britain
(where he was born), North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. To
most of them, he was known as Jeff.
At the time of Jeff's death, I was President of the
Pittsburgh Diffraction Society or PDS.
I had also been his colleague at the University of Pittsburgh
since 1957. The Jeffrey family agreed with my proposal that funds for the Jeffrey
Awards would be administered by the PDS, which had been set up as an
independent not-for-profit organization.
Accordingly, I solicited funds for the award and there was a generous
response. Over the period March through
December, 2000 a total of $15,540 was received from 60 donors including the
Jeffrey family In addition, Mrs Maureen
Jeffrey donated 100 shares of stock in the Chiron Corp, worth about $5000 at
The International Congress of the Union of Crystallography
is held every three years. In 2002, four
Jeffrey Awards of $US520 each were made to assist students attending the
Congress at Geneva, Switzerland. A total of 15
applications were judged by a committee consisting of Profs Helen Berman (Rutgers University),
Martin Caffrey (The Ohio State
University) and myself as Chair. In
2005, five Jeffrey Awards of $US600 each were made to students attending the
Congress at Florence, Italy. Judging of the ten applicants was by Profs Helen Berman, Robert Stewart (Carnegie-Mellon University)
and myself as Chair. The next Jeffrey Awards will be
made for the Congress at Osaka,
Japan in 2008.
At the October 2006 Pittsburgh
Diffraction Conference, held at Duquesne
University, PDS Treasurer Prof Charles
Lake (Indiana Univ. of
Penna.) reported that the Jeffrey Fund stood at $14,692.07 (including $657.52
interest from US Treasury Bonds in the current year). In addition, the Jeffrey Fund has $4800.00
from the sale of Chiron stock. This sale
was mandated by the sale of Chiron without the option of the PDS being able to
buy into the new corporation. The total
assets of the Jeffrey Fund are thus $19,492.07.
Member-at-large. PDS Board
and Steward of the Jeffrey Fund.