National Academy of Sciences Honors NASA’s Neil Gehrels for Science Contributions
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will honor 18 individuals in 2009 with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievements in the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, social sciences, psychology, and application of science for the public good.
One of those recipients is NASA Goddard’s
“I am thrilled to receive the Draper award. It is a great recognition for the wonderful science from Swift, Fermi and CGRO and the years of hard work from the teams that built these satellites,” Gehrels said.
Gehrels serves as principal investigator of NASA’s Swift mission, and deputy project scientist of NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope satellite. Since its launch on
Gehrels earned his Ph.D. in physics from Caltech in 1981, and came to Goddard as a postdoctoral researcher in the same year. Among his many other honors, Gehrels and his Swift Science Team won the 2007 Rossi Prize from the American Astronomical Society’s High-Energy Astrophysics Division. He is also the 2005 recipient of Goddard’s
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Since 1863, the National Academy of Sciences has served to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art” whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government.
The award will be presented at the
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