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Marcos H. Grimsditch

M.S. 1973; Ph.D 1976, Physics, Purdue University

Marcos Grimsditch grew up in Buenos Aires , Argentina and came to Purdue Physics as a Fulbright exchange student in 1972. He earned his doctorate under the guidance of Prof. Anant Ramdas, Lark-Horovitz Distinguished Professor of Physics, a world-class expert in the spectroscopy of crystals.

Marcos joined Argonne National Laboratory in 1980, rising to the position of Senior Scientist in the Materials Science Division in 1998. The division's materials scientists, physicists, and chemists carry out collaborative research on a variety of problems, bringing fundamental research to improve the performance of old materials or to design new materials.

Marcos is an internationally recognized expert in inelastic light scattering techniques as applied to solids. Prof. Ramdas cites Marcos' “superb experimental skills, his appreciation of the scientific opportunities involving fundamental issues in semiconductors, insulators, superconductors, and amorphous materials.” He has authored more than 300 articles, and in 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an honor reserved for a very select group of APS members.

Career Highlights
Years Achievement


Senior Scientist, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory


Fellow, American Physical Society


Research Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory


Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Max-Planck Institut