Dr. Fran Adar, received her BS (1966), MS (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and her Post-doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor – Johnson Foundation, Department of Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania (1972-1978). She joined Jobin Yvon/HORIBA Scientific in 1978 and is working as a Raman Applications Scientist/Manager/Principle Scientist.
Taking advantage of education and experience in Physics and Biophysics, Dr. Adar has been able to develop the applications of the Raman Microscope, an instrument developed in the early 1970’s and commercialized in the middle of the decade. Applications have been in areas as widespread as semiconductors, ceramics, contaminant identification, polymer morphology, catalysts, metal oxides, pharma-ceuticals, and bioclinical diagnoses. She has received awards from the local Microbeam Society (Irene Dion Payne), the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (Charles Mann Award), from the Coblentz Society (William-Wright Award), and has delivered an address at the prestigious Waters Symposium at the Pittsburg Conference on the history of the development of Raman instrumentation. In 2012 she was invited to be a fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and honorary lifetime membership in the Coblentz Society in 2015. Since 2007 Dr. Adar has been writing a column for Spectroscopy whose goals are to point out where Raman spectroscopy and microscopy are having an impact on evolving technologies, and to guide new users into the field. Dr. Adar continues to work with new and experienced Raman users developing applications, and pushing instrumentation developments to accommodate new applications enabled by evolving technologies.