Jon Hendrik Schon, who was embroiled in a major scandal for falsifying data while he was at Bell Labs several years ago, has lost his suit against his former university. The latter revoked the PhD degree that it awarded to Schon.
A German court has ruled that it is legal to revoke the Ph.D. of disgraced physicist Jan Hendrik Schön. Schön was the center of a spectacular scandal in 2002, and the University of Konstanz revoked his Ph.D. in 2004. Although a university investigation turned up no evidence that Schön had committed misconduct while at the university, university officials asked Schön to return his doctoral certificate based on a state law that allows degrees to be revoked when the recipient proves "unworthy." Schön was found to have faked data in at least 17 papers while he was a researcher at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey.Oh well. Not sure if this will end the sad history of this debacle, but I sure hope so. Still, while he may lose his PhD degree, he still has his undergraduate physics degree and thus, still eligible to be nominated for my "Most Attractive Physicist" contest, no? :)
Oh, one more thing. It is interesting to note that Malcolm Beasley, who headed the inquiry panel for Bell Labs to investigate this scandal, has just been elected Vice President of the APS, in line for the society's Presidency in a couple of years.