Nobel laureate James Cronin, SM’53, PhD’55, will receive the Alumni Medal, the highest honor for a UChicago alumnus, while 13 others will be recognized for their career accomplishments during Alumni Weekend.
Cronin shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1980 for showing that the laws of nature operate differently on matter and antimatter—a discovery that opened an entirely new research direction for particle physics. More recently, Cronin led the effort to build the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina. The Auger collaboration has become the most successful cosmic ray observatory and has inspired more than 400 scientists in 17 countries to explore this frontier of knowledge. A professor emeritus in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and the College, Cronin is also a dedicated professor, winning the Quantrell Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1994.
The Alumni Medal recognizes achievement of an exceptional nature in any field, vocational or voluntary, covering an entire career. In addition to the Alumni Medal, the University will recognize distinguished alumni and faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to UChicago, to their professions, and to their communities, across six different categories.
This year’s 14 Alumni Award recipients include a global economist governing the Banco de Mexico, one of the developers of video game franchise Halo, a renowned statistician in both the sports and political fronts, and a philanthropist working to create a tuberculosis-free world.
The University of Chicago Alumni Association and the Alumni Board of Governors will hold the 72nd annual Alumni Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
The 2013 Alumni Award recipients include:
Alumni Service medal
Eva Fishell Lichtenberg, AB’52, AM’55, PhD’60, LAB’49
For more than half a century, Lichtenberg has demonstrated her commitment to UChicago, including endowing a College scholarship, attending all of her class reunions, helping organize the Emeriti Alumni Group, and serving either currently or previously on the University of Chicago Women’s Board, the Alumni Board of Governors, the Visiting Committee to the Department of Music, the Visiting Committee to the College, and the Visiting Committee to the Humanities Division.