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Vol. 34 No. 6
November-December 2012

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Ian Mills Awarded IUPAP SUNAMCO Prize

Long-time IUPAC member Ian Mills was awarded the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics SUNAMCO Senior Scientist Medal at the Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements on Washington, held 1–6 July 2012 in Washington, D.C.

The IUPAP Commission on Symbols, Units, Nomenclature, Atomic Masses and Fundamental Constants recognized Mills with the award for “his outstanding contribution to the development of the International System of Units (SI) towards the adoption of a system based on fundamental physical constants.”

Mills was IUPAC ICTNS chair for 1998–1999 (known at the time as IDCNS) and is IUPAC representative on the International Bureau of Weights and Measures Consultative Committee for Units (BIPM CCU).

In his role as president of the CCU for the past 16 years, Mills has played a leadership role in the maintenance and development of the SI. This role includes being the senior author of the two latest editions of the The International System of Units. Mills has been active in developing a significant improvement in the SI that will eliminate the dependence on a material artifact for the kilogram and will also improve electrical, temperature, and amount of substance SI units. In the revised form, the SI will be based on the fact that certain fundamental constants of nature will have specified values when expressed in terms of the newly defined SI units.


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