J. Timošenko
Photo from personal archive of J. Timošenko (Facebook)

Visiting associate professor at the University of Latvia (UL), Doctor of Physics Jānis Timošenko has won the highest award in the field of X-ray spectroscopy – the Farrel Lytle Prize for young scientists. The researcher received the award for the developed novel approaches to X-ray absorption spectroscopy data analysis.

“Not an "Oscar", of course, but, I guess, it is as close as it gets in this narrow field. A significant difference – in this case this award is even more a result of efforts and talent of many people: many thanks to all my mentors and colleagues from University of Latvia, Stony Brook University and Fritz Haber Institute” – J. Timošenko comments on receiving the award on social networks.

His colleague, Professor Vyacheslavs Kashcheyevs, leading researcher of the UL Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry (FPMO), wrote on Twitter: “Latvian “mini-Nobel”! The highest prize of the X-ray spectroscopy industry is awarded every 3 years, and this year it goes to Jānis Timošenko! At one time, my student and co-author, now a world-level leading scientist and colleague in undergraduate education at UL.” Kashcheyevs noted that this is also an appreciation for research excellence school of the Institute of Solid State Physics of the University of Latvia (UL ISSP), since Timošenko was a student of Dr. Aleksejs Kuzmins and Dr. Juris Purāns. “While the pupils in Latvia may not know Timošenko personally yet, nevertheless, they regularly solve the exercises formulated by him in physics Olympiads,” the professor added.

Jānis Timošenko has studied physics at the University of Latvia and obtained a doctorate there in 2015. He has also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at two universities in the US state of New York, is a group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute in Germany, and a visiting assistant professor at the UL study course “Introduction to Statistical Physics”.