US Navy Admiral Kirkland H. Donald (retired) has been named the recipient of the 2013 National Award of Nuclear Science and History, which is presented annually by National Atomic Museum Foundation to a prominent person that has had an impact on nuclear issues. The award will be presented at the 16th annual Einstein Society Gala on March 16, 2013.
Admiral Donald served as the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration's Naval Reactors from November 2004 to November 2012. He retired from the U.S. Navy on January 1, 2013, completing more than 37 years of service.
“We are extremely proud to recognize the contributions of Admiral Donald,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “The nation’s naval nuclear program has been ably advanced by his service.”
This will be the sixteenth year the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has bestowed the award. The award celebrates the wide scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavor made by individuals in areas of military leadership, medical technology, public policy and government, energy sciences, education and space exploration. Honorees become members of the International Advisory Council to the museum. Past honorees include:
Dr. Glenn Seaborg, former head of the Atomic Energy Commission, co-discoverer of Plutonium, and medical and nuclear researcher
Dr. David Kuhl, inventor of Positron Emission Tomography (PET), a medical scanning technology that led to broad application of nuclear medical imaging technology
Richard Rhodes, the author of twenty-one books including “The Making of the Atomic Bomb”, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Dr. Lisa Randall, American theoretical physicist and a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology. She is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University
The Einstein Society Gala is the largest fundraising event for the Museum each year. The evening includes dinner and dancing as well as a silent auction. AnnaMaria Cardinalli, American military investigator, classical guitarist, and operatic contralto, will perform at the event.
Proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs. Tickets are $125. Table sponsorships are also available. For information, contact Charles Lowery, Director of Development, at 505-245-2137, extension 110.
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