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Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Siegfried Hecker
Siegfried Hecker
September 2009 Enrico Fermi Award Winner

Stanford University Professor Siegfried Hecker has received the prestigious Enrico Fermi Award, one of the top honors awarded by the U.S. government. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, announced the presidential award, which consists of a gold medal and $375,000 to be shared by the recipients.  Hecker, 65, is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, and director emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory.  A pioneer in using science as a tool in understanding and reducing the threat posed by nuclear weapons stockpiles, Hecker is known in scientific circles for his work resolving questions about plutonium metallurgy posed by differences between U.S. and Soviet-era research.

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