Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive. Established in 1959, the award honors Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a 1939 Nobel laureate and inventor of the cyclotron—an accelerator of subatomic particles.
Wirth, the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, has spent his career studying aspects of nuclear environments and materials related to nuclear energy.
“This is a tremendous honor, one I feel very humbled to receive,” said Wirth. “More than that, though, it feels like this recognizes the scientific and technical contributions of the many people with whom I have had the good fortune to work.”
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