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UpDate - Vol. 16, No. 27, April 17

            Physicist to receive UD's Karl Boer Solar Medal
     Adolf Goetzberger, founder of the Institute for Solar
Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute and professor at
the University of Freiburg, Germany, has been chosen as the
1997 recipient of the Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of
Merit, given annually by UD.
     The award, consisting of a bronze medal and a $40,000
prize, will be presented to Goetzberger in a ceremony at 2
p.m., Friday, May 2, in Mitchell Hall. Goetzberger will
deliver a talk on "Solar Energy, The People's Energy," and a
reception will follow at 3 p.m.
     Throughout his career in solid state physics,
Goetzberger has proven his leadership in the international
solar energy community. He earned his doctorate in solid
state physics from the University of Munich in 1955 and then
worked from 1955 to 1958 in the semiconductor division of
Seimens, also in Munich.
     He was manager of research and development for Shockley
Transistor Corp. in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1958-1963, and
went on to become supervisor of the metal-insulator-
semiconductor group at Bell Laboratories.
     In 1968, Goetzberger returned to Germany to become
director of the Institute for Applied Solid State Physics at
the Fraunhofer Institute in Freiburg. By 1981, work on solar
energy had greatly expanded, and he founded the Institute
for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) within the Fraunhofer
     Scientists at the ISE have been responsible for many
important contributions to solar energy technology,
including development of polycristalline silicon materials
preparation, establishment of a solar cell calibration
facility and development of PV systems engineering
     Goetzberger retired from active supervision of the
institute in 1993 and has since devoted his time to writing
for journals and teaching as an honorary professor at the
University of Freiburg. Additionally, he is a fellow of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a past
president of the International Solar Energy Society and
chairman of several solar-energy-related conferences.
     In 1983, he received the J.J. Ebers Award of the IEEE
Electron Devices Society and was the 1995 recipient of the
Daniel Farrington Award of the International Solar Energy
     Goetzberger is the third recipient of this award, 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.
     Former President Jimmy Carter received the first award
in 1993 for his work in focusing world attention on solar
energy, and David Carlson received the second award in 1995
for his discovery and development of thin film amorphous
silicon solar cells for the conversion of sunlight to
                                                -Beth Thomas