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SETI League Awards Highest Honors
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

For Release After 27 April 2002, Please

Trenton, NJ.., 27 April 2002 -- An Italian space scientist and an American patent attorney were tonight awarded The SETI League's two highest honors, at the grassroots science group's annual Awards Banquet on The College of New Jersey campus.

The 2002 Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, presented annually to a person or persons making significant technical contributions to the art, science, or practice of amateur SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), was presented to Claudio Maccone of the Centre for Astrodynamics in Turin, in recognition of his technical leadership within the International Academy of Astronautics, and specifically for his efforts to establish a radio observatory on the far side of the Moon. Dr. Maccone is, significantly, the first Italian to win the Bruno award, which was established in 1995 and is dedicated to the memory of Giordano Bruno, the Italian monk burned at the stake in 1600 for postulating the multiplicity of inhabited worlds.

The first Orville N. Greene Service Award went to Stephen D. Carver, Esq., a patent attorney from Little Rock AR, who serves as The SETI League's volunteer patent and trademark counsel, for his diligence in protecting The SETI League's intellectual property interests. This award was established at last year's SETI League annual meeting, in the memory of The SETI League's co-founder, himself a patent attorney. It is presented annually to a person or persons making unusual volunteer contributions, or providing extraordinary service, to The SETI League, Inc.

SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

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