Dr. Frank T. Avignone III

2008 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Frank T. Avignone III is the recipient of the 2008 CNTA Distinguished Scientist Award. This lifetime achievement award, which honors scientists and engineers who have made outstanding contributions during their careers, was presented at the CNTA's 17th Annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet, on November 12, 2008.

Dr. Avignone is Carolina Endowed Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia. He is a pioneer in high-energy in particle physics, with specialties including neutrino interactions and searches for cosmic dark matter.

Avignone was instrumental in bringing the need for a large neutrino detector at the Spallation Neutron Source to national attention, leading the Oak Ridge Laboratory for Neutrino Detectors (ORLaND) collaboration under the sponsorship of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Dr. Avignone earned his bachelor's master's, and doctoral degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined the USC faculty in 1965 and served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy until 1998, when he retired and was appointed as the first Carolina Endowed Professor at the University.

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