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Dr. Ivan Almar Recipient of SETI League’s Bruno Award

The SETI League recognized Dr. Ivan Almar of the Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, with its 2008 Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, for technical excellence in the service of SETI. Almar is the originator of the San Marino Scale, an analytical tool for assessing the impact of transmissions from Earth. This scale was adopted in September, 2007 by the SETI Permanent Study Group of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), lending a quantitative basis to discussions of policy regarding Active SETI experiments.


Dr. Ivan Almar Recipient of SETI League’s Bruno Award 2008Little Ferry, NJ. -- At its Annual Meeting on April 20, 2008, at its New Jersey headquarters, the nonprofit SETI League, leaders in a global search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, recognized two individuals for major contributions to the art and science of SETI. Honored this year for their efforts and accomplishments were Dr. Ivan Almar of Hungary, and Tom Crowley of the United States.

The SETI League recognized Dr. Ivan Almar of the Konkoly Observatory, Budapest, with its annual Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, for technical excellence in the service of SETI
. Almar is the originator of the San Marino Scale, an analytical tool for assessing the impact of transmissions from Earth. This scale was adopted in September, 2007 by the SETI Permanent Study Group of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), lending a quantitative basis to discussions of policy regarding Active SETI experiments. Previously, Dr. Almar had co-authored the Rio Scale, another analytical tool adopted by the IAA, used for quantifying the significance of extraterrestrial signals received on Earth. A Full Member of the IAA, Almar has been an active member of its SETI Committee since its inception more than three decades ago.

As neither award recipient was able to be present at the meeting, formal award presentations will occur in the near future. SETI League executive director emeritus Prof. H. Paul Shuch plans to present Crowley with his plaque at the SARA Annual Meeting, to be held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank WV, in late June. Similarly, he will honor Almar at the IAA's upcoming International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow, Scotland in September.

Largely using radio telescopes and optical telescopes, SETI scientists seek to determine whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have privatized the research. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.


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Giordano Bruno Memorial Award Recipients


Bruno Award Rules and Regulations

Biography of Giordano Bruno