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.