DANVILLE, KY-Gregory D. Smith, a summa cum laude graduate of Centre College now completing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Duke University, has received a Marshall Sherfield Fellowship to study in England next year. He is one of two American citizens chosen for the award this year.
Smith's work at University College, London, will combine his interests in chemistry and archaeology. His research will focus on identifying pigments and dyes on works of art, illuminated manuscripts, and historical artifacts. He also hopes to develop smaller, portable tools that will allow conservators to work on site instead of having to transport priceless artifacts and works of art to the few laboratories that have the facilities to preserve and repair such materials.
While at Centre, Smith was named to Phi Beta Kappa, majored in anthropology and chemistry, and he received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship from the federally endowed Goldwater Foundation. He received a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship to continue his studies at Duke, where he will complete a doctorate in the spring of 2000. He has spent the past three summers on archeological excavations in Israel and will do so again this summer.
Smith is a 1991 graduate of Apollo High School in Owensboro. He is the son of Nadine Smith of Louisville (40299) and Dale Smith of Hartford.
The fellowship awarded to Smith is named for Lord Sherfield, the British ambassador to the United States (1953-56) who developed the Marshall Scholarship program. The Marshall Sherfield award enables American scientists or engineers to undertake post-doctoral research in Britain with the goal that they will establish long-term contacts between the United Kingdom and the United States. The first awards were made in 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild Europe after World War II. Like the Marshall Scholarship, the Marshall Sherfield Fellowship is funded by the British government through the British Council.
This year's other Marshall Sherfield recipient is Bryan D. Huey of Pleasanton, Calif., who will study ultrasonic force microscopy at Oxford University.
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