LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., April 28, 1996 -- Dr. John Kraus, the engineer who helped pioneer the field of radio astronomy and built the famous Ohio State University Big Ear radio telescope, has been selected to receive the 1996 Technical Achievement Award from the Dayton Amateur Radio Association. Dr. Kraus,W8JK, is well known to the amateur radio community as an innovative antenna designer and a leader in the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). The award is to be presented at the Dayton Hamvention, the largest amateur radio gathering in the US, on May 18, 1996 at the Convention Center in downtown Dayton, OH .
Dr. H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, executive director of The SETI League (in which Kraus holds life membership) will be making the presentation. Shuch, this year's Hamvention banquet speaker, is known as an engineer and educator, as well as a singer and songwriter. He has written a new song honoring Kraus, which will receive its premiere at the presentation. Unfortunately, Dr. Kraus' health will not permit him to attend the festivities. It is expected that the award will be accepted in his behalf by SETI League technical advisor and Ohio State University professor Dr. Robert Dixon, W8ERD. Dixon was a graduate student of Kraus' who went on to become deputy director of the Ohio State University Radio Observatory, which Kraus founded.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to 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 electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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