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TRENTON, NJ.., 17 April 2005 -- The SETI League, Inc., grassroots
leader in the privatized Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, has
awarded its highest technical honor to a prominent California radio amateur.
Retired engineer James Brown of Del Mar, CA, also known by his
amateur radio call sign W6KYP, today received the coveted Giordano Bruno
Memorial Award, honoring his significant technical contributions to amateur
Brown was one of the first amateurs in the world to build a radio
telescope dedicated specifically to the search for intelligent life in
space. Begun in 1978 (sixteen years before the formation of the nonprofit
SETI League), Brown's SETI station was powered by Zeke, a computer he built
himself before personal computers became commercially available. Brown is
now an active participant in The SETI League's Project Argus all-sky
survey, and has written extensive astronomical, coordination, and signal
analysis software, which he freely shares with other SETI League members
worldwide through his seti.net website.
When notified of the award via
telephone this morning by Awards Committee chairman David Ocame, Brown was
in the middle of running tests of his Remote SETI Client, which will allow
SETI League members around the world to operate participating radio
telescopes remotely via the Internet.
The Bruno is awarded annually for significant contributions to the art
and science of SETI. It is dedicated to the memory of
Giordano Bruno, the Italian monk burned at the stake in 1600 for
postulating the multiplicity of inhabited worlds. This award was first
suggested by sociologist Donald Tarter, at a SETI dinner held at the
American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings in Atlanta on
Feb. 17, 1995 (coincidentally the 395th anniversary of Bruno's death).
recipients include physicist Dr. D. Kent Cullers, WA6TWX; software volunteer
Daniel Boyd Fox, KF9ET; English amateur radio astronomers Trevor Unsworth,
G0ECP, and Ken Chattenton, G4KIR; Australian coordinator Noel Cedric
Welstead, VK4AYW; photonics engineer Dr. Stuart Kingsley, German amateur
radio astronomer Peter Wright; DJ0BI; Italian space scientist Dr. Claudio Maccone; SETI pioneers Dr. Philip (W8FIS) and Phylis Morrison; and Italian
radio astronomer Dr. Stelio Montebugnoli.
Largely using radio telescopes and optical telescopes, SETI scientists
seek to determine whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific
groups have privatized the research. Amateur and professional scientists
interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, and
citizens wishing to help support it, should email
join @ setileague.org, check the SETI League Web site at
http://www.setileague.org/, send a
fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership
hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to
which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a
membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific
corporation dedicated to the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial
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