UpDate - Vol. 12, No. 17, Page 1
January 21, 1993
Former Pres. Jimmy Carter to receive Karl Boer medal

     Former President Jimmy Carter will be awarded the University of
Delaware's first Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit and deliver a
free public talk on Tuesday, Feb. 16, on the Newark campus.
     The program is scheduled at 8 p.m. in the University's Bob Carpenter
     The Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, which includes a cash
prize of $40,000, honors the renowned scholar and pioneer in the field of
solar energy who founded the University of Delaware's Institute of Energy
Conversion. It recognizes signficant pioneering contributions to the
promotion of solar energy as an alternate source of energy through
research, development or economic enterprise or honors an individual who
has made valuable and enduring contributions to the field of solar energy
in other ways.
     The presentation of the medal and Carter's speech will cap a daylong
international solar energy symposium on the campus. Focusing on "Balancing
Energy, the Economy and Ecology: The Solar Energy Contribution," the
symposium will feature some of the world's leading scientists,
international industrialists and political leaders.
     Scheduled from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Clayton Hall on the Laird Campus,
the symposium will feature such topics and speakers as

       * "Economy of a Realistic Future" with Olav Hohmeyer of the
          Fraunhofer-Institut fur Systemtichnik und Innovation in
          Karlsruhe, Germany;
       * "Solar Energy as Major Source for Terrestrial Use," with S. David
          Freeman, ceo of the Sacramento Municipal Power Utility District;
       * "Photovoltaic State of the Art (Crystal)" with Antonio Luque,
          professor and director, Instituto de Energia Solar, Universidad
          Polytechnica de Madrid;
       * "Photovoltaic State of the Art (Thin Film)" with Thomas Surek of
          the National Renewable Energy Laboratory;
       * "The Swiss Example of PV-Deployment" with Thomas Nordman,
          president of Swiss Solar Industry Association in Chur,
       * "Introduction of Photovoltaic Systems in the Near and Intermediate
          Future: An Industrial Assessment" with Hubert Aulich, ceo of
          Siemens Solar GmbH in Munich, Germany;
       * "The Need for Control of Population Growth" with Henry W. Kendall,
          Nobel laureate and professor of physics at the Massachusetts
          Institute of Technology;
       * "Innovative Policies to Promote Solar" with Hal Harvey, president
          of the Energy Foundation in San Francisco;
       * "Political Keys Toward a Solar Energy Economy-A European View"
          with Hermann Scheer, honorary president of EUROSOLAR and a member
          of the Bundestag in Bonn, Germany; and
       * "U.S. Emphasis on Renewable Energy" with U.S. Sen. Timothy E.
          Wirth of Colorado.
     In conjunction with the symposium, the University will host a solar
energy exhibition with the latest solar conversion equipment, devices and
results from major solar industries, power utilities and research
     Cost of the symposium is $85 before Jan. 26 and $105 after that date.
A special rate of $30 is available to the University faculty. Advance
registration is required. For registration information, contact the
Division of Continuing Education at 831-2795.
     Jimmy Carter served as president of the United States from 1977-1981,
and his administration's domestic achievements included a comprehensive
energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in
energy, transportation, communications and finance; major new educational
programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental
protection legislation, including the Alaska Lands Act. His foreign policy
accomplishments included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords,
the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union and the establishment of U.S.
diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
     In 1982, Carter was named University Distinguished Professor at Emory
University and also founded the Carter Center of Emory University, which
addresses national and international issues of public policy.
     Karl Boer, who is internationally known for his achievements, was a
professor at Humboldt University in Berlin in 1961 when he emigrated to the
     He joined the Delaware faculty as a professor of physics in 1965. In
1972, he founded the Institute of Energy Conversion.