Class of 1972; Elected 2008
James graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clark University with a B.A. in Chemistry. He subsequently received and M.S. (1978), a M. Phil (1979) and a PhD (1980) in Chemical Physics from Yale University. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, he worked in the Applied Photochemistry and Photophysics Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. For 20 years he was a research staff member of the Physical Sciences Department in the IBM Research Division, where he received two IBM patent plateau awards. He rejoined LANL in 2002 where his research focused on experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics. He was chosen Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program Manager and Deputy Center Leader at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies where he leads the formulation, implementation and direction of the research with respect to LANL’s science and technology objectives and its relevance to the LANL mission and national security. He has authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications, has 14 patents, and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1993.