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Science in the Public Interest: 2017 Nierenberg Prize goes to Charles Bolden, Jr.

Science in the Public Interest: 2017 Nierenberg Prize goes to Charles Bolden, Jr.

The Nierenberg Prize is given out annually by Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and the William A. Nierenberg Family to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to science in the public interest. The prize was “founded” in 2001, a year after the death of William Nierenberg (1919-2000), a renowned national science leader who was also the longest-serving director of SIO (1965-1986).

Nierenberg, a professor at UC Berkeley before coming to SIO, was an expert in several fields of underwater research and warfare, and was known for his work in low-energy nuclear physics. He was the recipient of many honors, worked on The Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb,...

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