Recognized for significant contributions to European radio astronomy were Peter Wright, The SETI League's volunteer Regional Coordinator for Germany; Marko Cebokli, a pioneer in digital interferometry techniques who holds that position in Slovenia; Stelio Montebugnoli, chief engineer for the Medicina Radio Observatory in Italy; and SETI League Executive Director Emeritus H. Paul Shuch, the first American ever so honored. Three of the four were on hand to accept Certificates of Fellowship in ceremonies held in the Great Hall of the Science Tower at the Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences. (Montebugnoli was, regretfully, otherwise occupied with professional obligations.)
Following the lead of other respected professional societies, ERAC presented each new Fellow with a parchment certificate stating that he "has been granted Fellowship of the European Radio Astronomy Club. This is a token of highest respect for the work that has been done. You are herewith allowed to use the title officially, 'Fellow of the European Radio Astronomy Club' ... [and to sign] 'FERAC' after your name, to indicate your affiliation with our Society."
Founded in 1995, the European Radio Astronomy Club (ERAC) boasts over 250 Members in 16 different countries, with a good representation of both amateur and professional radio astronomers, as well as students and professionals from other related fields. A large number of ERAC members own their own radio telescopes and exchange information regularly via the internet and the club's Newsletter. ERAC is a SETI League affiliated society, many of whose members help to promote SETI science.
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_at_setileague_dot_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 Intelligence.
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