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Contact: Mary A. Hardin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 April 25, 1995

JPL'S DR. CHARLES ELACHI TO RECEIVE NEVADA SCIENCE MEDAL

       Dr. Charles Elachi, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Space and Earth Science Programs Directorate, will receive the 1995 Nevada Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Science and Engineering from Nevada Gov. Bob Miller at a ceremony April 26 in Reno, Nev.

       Elachi was chosen as this year's recipient because of his participation in developing space-based radar systems to study Earth and other planets of the solar system. Elachi is the science team leader for the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar, which took radar images of many regions of Earth from the space shuttle in April and October 1994.

       The award will be presented by the Desert Research Institute, the environmental research division of the university and community college system of the state of Nevada. Elachi will receive an eight-ounce minted medallion and a $5,000 prize, both of which are underwritten by the shareholders of Nevada Bell, a division of Pacific Telesis Co.

       Elachi is also the radar team leader for the Cassini mission to Saturn and was a team member of the Magellan project, which mapped the surface of Venus using imaging radar.

       Among his other accomplishments, Elachi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and holds four patents for his work. He has authored more than 200 publications, including six books.

       Elachi received his bachelor of science degree in physics and engineering in 1968 from the University of Grenoble and the Polytechnic Institute, both in France. He was awarded a master of science degree in electrical sciences in 1969 and a doctoral degree in electrical sciences in 1971, both from the California Institute of Technology. He also received a master of business administration degree from the University of Southern California in 1978 and a master of science degree in geology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983.

       Elachi is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. He and his family reside in Altadena, Calif.


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