Newswise — We request the pleasure of your company at the presentation of the Enrico Fermi Awards. The ceremony is scheduled for four o’clock on October 20, 2015 at the US Department of Energy (Forrestal Building, Main Auditorium).

The Fermi Award is a Presidential award and is one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology honors bestowed by the U.S. Government. It honors the memory of Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi, the first scientist to achieve a nuclear chain reaction and a pioneer in the field of nuclear and particle physics. The award has been presented to outstanding scientists since 1956 and is given for distinguished achievement, leadership, and service related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs.

2014 Enrico Fermi Award Winners:

Dr. Claudio PellegriniDistinguished Professor of Physics, emeritus, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. For pioneering research advancing understanding of relativistic electron beams and free-electron lasers, and for transformative discoveries profoundly impacting the successful development of the first hard x-ray free-electron laser, heralding a new era for science.

Dr. Charles V. (Chuck) ShankSenior Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Laboratory Director, emeritus, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.For the seminal development of ultrafast lasers and their application in many areas of scientific research, for visionary leadership of national scientific and engineering research communities, and for exemplary service supporting the National Laboratory complex.

The Fermi Award is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. For additional information on the Fermi Awards, please visit .

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