LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., March 22, 1997 -- Daniel Boyd Fox, an Indiana radio amateur (KF9ET) deeply involved in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, today was presented the second annual Bruno Memorial Award by The SETI League, Inc. for his significant technical contributions to the non-profit organization's Project Argus search for intelligent radio signals from space. Fox, who last year developed a basic radio telescope block diagram duplicated by dozens of other experimenters around the world, built one of the first amateur listening stations. On December 1, 1996, he received an interesting (though unconfirmed) candidate signal, one of the first detected in the privatized search for other intelligent life in space. His SetiFox computer program, which sifts through the cosmic static for artificial patterns, is widely used by project participants.
The Bruno Award honors the memory of Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk who was burned at the stake in 1600 for contemplating the existence of other inhabited planets. Recent astronomical discoveries (including the detection of planets around numerous Sun-like stars, and fossil evidence of probable micro-organisms in three different meteorite fragments) have given scientists new hope that the Universe is teeming with life. But Government support for this research has waned, leading Fox and other dedicated amateurs to continue with private funding a search once conducted by NASA.
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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