The academy accords fellowship status to “academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”
The academy recognized Cherry for his work on medical imaging technology, especially positron emission tomography (PET) scanning and computed tomography.
This new recognition caps off a banner year for Cherry – he was elected a fellow to three prestigious academies in 2016. In November, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in February he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Cherry received his Ph.D. in medical physics in 1989 from the University of London. He was a faculty member at UCLA for eight years before joining UC Davis in 2001.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He received the 2007 Distinguished Basic Scientist Award from the Academy of Molecular Imaging, and the 2012 IEEE Edward J Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award, for his “outstanding contributions to the field of medical imaging science.”
With his selection, UC Davis now has seven fellows in the five-year-old National Academy of Inventors, which has a total of 757 fellows. Collectively, they hold more than 26,000 patents.
The induction ceremony for the 2016 fellows is scheduled for April 6 in Boston as part of the academy’s annual conference.
-UC Davis News contributed to this report