President Barack Obama has named UT Austin College of Natural Sciences chemist Allen Bard a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement.
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Bard shares the honor with Andrew Sessler, director emeritus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The presidential award carries an honorarium of $50,000, shared equally, and a gold medal. The award is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy.
“Allen Bard and Andrew Sessler have advanced the science and technology frontier throughout their distinguished careers and, in doing so, have contributed greatly to sustained U.S. leadership in research and development,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “I congratulate them for their achievements and hope that the example they set serves as inspiration to future generations of scientists and engineers.”