Martin Pope, President of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, was a lifelong friend of the artist. For nearly 30 years, he and his wife, Lillie Pope, have carried on Keats’s mission of promoting respect for all people, fostering creativity in children and encouraging literacy and joy in reading and learning.
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. (Previous winners of the Davy Medal include Marie and Pierre Curie, and Linus Pauling.)
In his spare time, Dr. Pope collects rocks and minerals, builds wooden toys for his grandchildren and does magic tricks for the children in his extended family.
For more information on Martin Pope, visit the New York University website and Wikipedia.