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Scientists at Battelle-Affiliated Labs Win Two Top Prizes From R&D Magazine

Posted on Nov 1, 2010


COLUMBUS, OH., 1 November, 2010—Two scientists who work for Battelle-affiliated laboratories have won top prizes from the leading technology publication R&D Magazine. Amit Goyal of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named the 2010 Innovator of the Year. Dick Smith of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is the magazine’s 2010 Scientist of the Year. They will receive their awards on stage at the 48th Annual R&D 100 Awards on Nov. 11, 2010 at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel in Florida.
Both U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories are managed or co-managed by Battelle. At Oak Ridge (ORNL) near Knoxville, Tenn., Battelle works with the University of Tennessee in a separate company known as UT-Battelle. In Richland, Washington at Pacific Northwest (PNNL), Battelle has been the sole management organization for the lab since its inception in 1965.

Goyal, a UT-Battelle/ORNL Corporate Fellow & Battelle Distinguished Inventor as well as Chair of ORNL’s Corporate Fellows Council, is honored as Innovator of the Year for his pioneering research in the field of high-temperature superconductivity, both in fundamental materials science and in the transition of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. He has won a total of five R&D 100 awards, which the magazine selects in an annual competition, including two just this year: High-Performance, High-Tc Superconducting Wires Enabled via Self-assembly of Non-superconducting Columnar Defects and Flexible, Large-area, Single Crystal-Like, Semiconductor Substrates.

Previous winners of this award include Larry Page (co-founder of Google), Elon Musk (lnventor of PayPal, Tesla Motors) and Dean Kaman (inventor of the Segway).  

Smith, a Laboratory and Battelle Fellow, is Director of Proteomics at PNNL and is recognized for his work in that field, which seeks to explain biology by the complement of proteins at work within organisms, tissues or cells. Smith’s work has addressed Parkinson’s disease, cancer and biofuel production, among many others. He has won a total of 10 R&D 100 Awards between 1983 and 2010, one of which was named among the top 40 R&D 100 Awards of all time in 1999.

In accepting the award, Smith joins the ranks of such preeminent scientists as Eric Lander (one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project), Susan Solomon (a NASA chemist who connected CFCs to the ozone hole); and George M. Whitesides, (developer of new materials that have significantly advanced the field of chemistry).

“We are proud and delighted that these brilliant scientists are being recognized for their cutting-edge work that has made such a remarkable impact on advancing science and technology,” said Ron Townsend, Battelle’s Vice President of Laboratory Operations.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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