PROF. ROBERT CURL HONORED
WITH TWO TESLA AWARDS
On Monday, January 13, 2014,
in the historic Smalley-Curl Room in the Space Science Building on Rice Campus,
representatives of the Tesla Memory Project
hand-delivered two awards to Prof. Robert Curl.
The Tesla White Dove Award has seven
categories, and Prof. Curl was named as the recipient in the Scientific
category at the organization’s summit in September 2013. Prof. Curl was
recognized on the basis of his body of scientific achievement, his continued
research and his published efforts to highlight the vital role played by Nicola
Tesla in 20th- and 21st-century science, industry and
thought. This award is named for the inspirational image of a white dove that
came to Tesla when he was recovering from cholera at age 17, which he credited
with sparking his career of creativity. Tesla was also a lifelong advocate for
peace, and the organizers of the Tesla Forum have chosen the dove as a symbol
of divinity and hope.
Prof. Curl was also named a
UNESCO Cross-Cultural Ambassador jointly by the Sorbonne University and MIT
UNESCO clubs. This is the first such joint naming by those UNESCO branches.
This award is also given in multiple categories, and it recognizes highly accomplished
“individuals who have distinguished themselves in favor of multiculturalism,”
in addition to human rights, peace and social justice. Prof. Curl’s ambassadorship
also recognizes his role in championing Tesla’s legacy.
The Tesla Memory Project is an international organization dedicated to
increasing the awareness of the life and work of Nikola Tesla, as well as the
global importance of science, and to highlight UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme.
Representing the Tesla Memory Project were Aleksandar Protic and
Djordje Djurdjevic. Protic is Counslor of FFC UNESCO, Director of the Tesla
Memory Project and President of the Sorbonne University UNESCO Club. Djurdjevic
is a member of the Tesla Memory Club and a Fullbright Scholar in Electrical
Engineering at the University of Utah.