Roger Pynn


American Association for the Advancement of Science (1996)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Physics


Professor of Materials Science/Soft Condensed Matter (Experimental), Professor Roger Pynn's research interests include: Structures of complex fluids and biomolecular systems both in bulk and as films and membranes studied with neutron and x-ray scattering; magnetic structures of thin films and multilayers; advanced neutron scattering instrumentation.

Roger Pynn was born in England, and obtained his doctorate degree from Cambridge University. He spent two years as a post doctoral researcher at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in the 1970s, and has maintained a close relationship with Norwegian researchers since then through his work at the Geilo Schools, a series of NATO Advanced Study Institutes that have been organized every other year since 1971. In addition to his work at IFE, Pynn has carried out neutron scattering experiments in Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Japan, France, Germany and the United States. He has worked in a variety of fields including structural phase transitions, low dimensional magnets, soft condensed matter and biology. In 1987 he became Director of Manual Lujan Jr. Neutron Scattering Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After a 13-year management career at Los Alamos, which included periods as the Laboratory┬┤s Program Manager for Basic Energy Sciences and as Division Director of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Division, he returned to research in 2001. Since that time, he has developed programs in the design of novel neutron instrumentation and in the biophysical research using neutron scattering.