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Bahcall shares presidential Enrico Fermi Award

John Bahcall, a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study and a visiting lecturer with rank of professor at Princeton, has been named one of three winners of the Enrico Fermi Award.

The honor, announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, is a presidential award that recognizes scientists of international stature for their lifetimes of exceptional achievement in the development, use or production of energy.

Bahcall and Raymond Davis Jr., a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, were cited "for their innovative research in astrophysics leading to a revolution in understanding the properties of the elusive neutrino, the lightest known particle with mass." Seymour Sack of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory also will be honored "for his contributions to the national security of the United States in his work assuring the reliability of nuclear weapons."

The awards will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 22. More information is available on the Institute for Advanced Study Web site.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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