Bill Woodruff of Shelbyville has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year, the AAAS Council elects members to the rank of Fellow based on "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications (that) are scientifically or socially distinguished."
Woodruff's award states that he was made an AAAS Fellow for "distinguished contributions to time-resolved spectroscopy with applications in inorganic chemistry, bioenergetics, photochemistry and photobiology, and molecular energy transduction."
Induction ceremonies will be held at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston in February 2013.
Woodruff graduated from Central High School in 1958 and won a U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship in Vanderbilt, graduating in 1962. After graduation he served in the Navy for five years as an aviator and antisubmarine patrol plane commander. He then attended graduate school at Purdue University where he received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1972.
After two years as a National Institutes of Health Fellow at Princeton he served on the chemistry faculties of Syracuse University and The University of Texas at Austin.
In 1984 he moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory where he spent a 25-year career.
He was named a Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Purdue University School of Science and received the Bomem-Michelson Award from the Society of Applied Spectroscopy and the Founders' Award from the Biophysical Society.
He has authored or co-authored some 150 papers in chemistry and biophysics and one family history memoir, "Notes in an Old Bible: John McNairy Woodruff," published in The Dixie Flyer (Newsletter of the NC&StL Preservation Society) in 2010.