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Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame

Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame

3 October 2005
For Immediate Release

Peter Pedone
Associate Advancement Officer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Heffner Alumni House
1301 Peoples Avenue
Troy, NY 12180-3500
Phone: (518) 276-6061
Fax: (518) 276-4081

Celebrating a Legacy of Leadership:
Don L. Anderson '55 inducted into the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame

Don Anderson, Class of 1955, was formally inducted into the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame during a gala dinner and ceremony, which was held on Friday, September 9 in the Heffner Alumni House.

As one of the world's most prominent researchers in the geosciences, Don Anderson epitomizes a tradition of outstanding geologists associated with Rensselaer. He is acknowledged as a fundamental contributor to our understanding of the structures and processes in the interior of the Earth.

In 1998 Anderson received one of the highest honors bestowed on a scientist, the Crafoord Prize, which is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

Anderson is professor emeritus of geophysics at the California Institute of Technology, where he was director of the Seismological Laboratory from 1967 to 1989. In 1989 he published Theory of the Earth, a synthesis of his broad and provocative research and a guide for future exploration of the dynamics of the deep parts of the Earth.

Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, Anderson was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Along with Anderson, other inductees are: Garnet Douglass Baltimore, Class of 1881, landscape engineer; Chauncey Starr, Class of 1932, atomic power pioneer; and metallurgist Robert W. Hunt, recipient of an honorary degree in 1916.

About the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame

In 1995, the Rensselaer Alumni Association established its Alumni Hall of Fame to preserve and celebrate the long and exceptional heritage of Rensselaer's distinguished graduates. This year's inductees to the Alumni Hall of Fame bring to 54 the total number of members. Since its founding in 1824, Rensselaer has graduated alumni whose contributions to society -- from 19th century railroad and bridge builders to today's information technology entrepreneurs -- have changed the world. For more information, visit the Hall of Fame Web site at

About Rensselaer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of research centers that are characterized by strong industry partnerships. The Institute is especially well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.



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