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Dr. Martin Pope

Martin Pope, President of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, and Ezra met in junior high school and were best friends until Ezra’s death in 1983. He is a scientist and family man and Keats was an artist and a bachelor. Yet their complementary talents allowed them to cheer for and challenge each other for 53 years. Today Dr. Pope is a Professor Emeritus of New York University and the former Director of its Radiation and Solid State Physics Lab. He is one of the founders of the field of electronic properties of organic crystals. Dr. Pope is internationally known for his pioneering work in electroluminescence and for inventing many of the experimental techniques used to study organic materials. He has published more than 100 papers, his most recent in 2003 and 2004. In 2006 Dr. Pope was awarded the Davy Medal by the Royal Society of Great Britain for his outstanding work and contributions to his field. For more on Martin Pope, visit Wikipedia.