Campus: San Francisco State University -- November 7, 2003
San Francisco State University Scientist Recognized as "Unsung Hero"
Ralf Hotchkiss, a San Francisco-based innovator whose low-cost wheelchairs
have helped thousands of people around the world regain their independence, is
among five extraordinary individuals to be honored for their significant
contributions to society with a prestigious Kilby International Award. The
awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Fri., Nov. 7 at the Royal Society
in London, England.
Kilby Young Innovator: Janna Levin, PhD, a promising English theoretical physicist working on the theories of early universe, chaos and black holes.The Kilby awards were established to honor Jack St. Clair Kilby, inventor of the first monolithic integrated circuit -- the so-called "chip that changed the world.He was in his early 30s when, in 1958, he invented the microchip. For many years, he received little recognition but in October 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
This years ceremony, in London, comes one day before his 80th birthday and the Foundation plans to mark the event with a series of educational broadcasts, called The Scholar-Chips.
Established in 1990, the Foundation has to date named more than 50 laureates worldwide. Past laureates include British-born Tim Berners Lee, who invented the World Wide Web and Richard Smalley, who went on to be awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Hosting this years awards is a distinguished UK committee, led by Jeremy Newton of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and including Barbara Hosking CBE; Derek Bell, director of the Association for Science Education; John Barrow from the Millennium Maths Project and Paul Atherton, entrepreneur and founder of Queensgate Instruments.
Lord Puttnam of Queensgate will deliver a keynote address at the awards dinner at Londons Reform Club.
Victoria Smith Downing, chairman of the Kilby International Awards Foundation, said: "The Kilby International Awards and the 55 laureates from some 23 countries validate the idea that everyone benefits when society values and nurtures individual creativity and linkages between science, technology, innovation and the arts.
"Through interactive broadcasts, we give young people an opportunity to talk to extraordinary role models -- the kind of people they could never normally meet. We hope to offer moments of sheer inspiration."
The new laureates will each present a lecture on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Royal Society, London, starting at 9.30 a.m.
To arrange an interview, please contact Suzanne Fearon on 020 8715 6785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Public Affairs Offices/Campus News
[Bakersfield] [Chancellor's Office] [Channel Islands] [Chico]
[Dominguez Hills] [Fresno] [Fullerton] [Hayward] [Humboldt] [Long Beach] [Los Angeles] [Maritime Academy] [Monterey_Bay] [Northridge] [Pomona] [Sacramento] [San Bernardino] [San Diego] [San Francisco] [San Jose] [San Luis Obispo] [San Marcos] [Sonoma] [Stanislaus]