Davis wins Fermi prize


Research Professor of Physics Raymond Davis, Jr., Hon’90 was one of three recipients of this year’s Enrico Fermi Award, a presidential honor that recognizes scientists of international stature or groundbreaking achievement in the development, use or production of energy.

Davis, who was also a 2002 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, was recognized for his breakthrough work in the field of solar neutrino physics and neutrino astronomy. He is an experimentalist responsible for determining that neutrinos have mass and that electron neutrinos oscillate into many ‘flavors’ on their way from the sun to the earth.

Davis, who shares his award with Princeton’s John Bahcall, received a gold medal, a citation signed by the President and Secretary of Energy, and a $93,750 honorarium.

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Originally published on October 30, 2003