UpDate - Vol. 15, No. 8, Page 1 October 19, 1995 David E. Carlson recipient of '95 Boer Solar Energy Medal David E. Carlson, vice president of Solarex Thin Film Division, an AMOCO subsidiary, became the second recipient of the Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Oct. 5. He was recognized for his discovery and development of thin film amorphous silicon solar cells for the conversion of sunlight to electricity. The award was presented by President David P. Roselle and Stanley I. Sandler, Henry Belin du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering, in a ceremony held in Loudis Recital Hall of the Amy E. du Pont Music Building. T. W. Fraser Russell, Allan P. Colburn Professor of Chemical Engineering, delivered introductory remarks describing Carlson's long and distinguished career in the field of solar energy research. The Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, consisting of a bronze medal and a $40,000 prize, is awarded to an individual who has made significant pioneering contributions to the promotion of solar energy as an alternate source of energy through research, development or economic enterprise, or to an individual who has made extraordinarily valuable and enduring contributions to the field of solar energy in other ways. Carlson conducted his pioneering research at the RCA Laboratories, and his commercialization process for the cells was developed at Solarex. Carlson earned degrees in physics from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rutgers University. He has previously received the RCA Laboratories Outstanding Achievement Award, the Ross Coffin Purdy Award of the American Ceramics Society, the Morris N. Liebmann and William R. Cherry awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Walton Clark Medal from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Carlson holds 25 U.S. patents, is author of more than 90 technical papers, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Viet Nam. The Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, funded by an endowment, is given in honor of Karl Wolfgang Boer, a longtime faculty member of the University of Delaware, founder of its Institute for Energy Conversion and a distinguished scientist in the field of solar cells. The recipient of the award is chosen by a panel of commissioners composed of scientists and presidents of several solar energy related professional societies, including the International Solar Energy Society, the American Solar Energy Society, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. The panel also consists of a representative of the U.S. Secretary of Energy and a member of the Boer family. The first Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, presented in 1993, was awarded to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who was cited as the individual who, more than any one else, spurred development and focused world attention on the relatively unknown technology for safe and environmentally sound energy production from the sun. The next Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit will be awarded in 1997.