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Brookhaven lab chief gets tech honor

Sam Aronson, left, Brookhaven National Laboratory director, and

Sam Aronson, left, Brookhaven National Laboratory director, and Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., right, Stony Brook University president, met, above, with Leo Guthart, Cold Spring Harbor Lab vice president, in January. (Jan. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan, 2011

Sam Aronson, director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, was inducted into the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame earlier this month along with two other men.

Joining Aronson were: Dr. Kevin Tracey, director and chief executive of Manhasset’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, professor and president of the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, and vice president, research, for North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; and Paul Richman, the retired chairman and chief executive of Standard Microsystems Corp. in Hauppauge, now known as SMSC.

“I’m also proud of Brookhaven Lab -- home to seven Nobel Prizes and countless discoveries,” Aronson said in a news release. “We’re very much part of the Long Island high-tech community -- helping it to grow -- and also part of the international scientific community that brings about progress in so many fields, from physics and chemistry to materials science and medicine.”

Tracey, in a North Shore-LIJ news release, said, “We work every day at the Feinstein to study disease so that we can cure disease, and this kind of recognition is very much appreciated.”

Standard Microsystems in a release congratulated Richman, calling him “a highly recognized authority in the field of semiconductor devices.”

Aronson recently announced he wants to return to research at Brookhaven and is stepping down from the directorship as soon as a replacement can be found. Brookhaven is one of 10 federal laboratories and has more than 3,000 employees and an annual budget of about $770 million.

Photo: Sam Aronson

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