York, national security leader and former UCSD chancellor, honored
with Clark Kerr leadership award
Felde, Media Relations
- Herbert F. York, a leader in national security issues and
UC San Diego's first chancellor, will be awarded this year's
Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education
at a dinner tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 27) at the University of
Kerr Award is the highest honor bestowed by UC Berkeley's
Academic Senate. It was established in 1968 to honor individuals
who have made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement
of higher education.
for his commitment to social responsibility in the advancement
of science and public policy, was recruited as UC San Diego's
first chancellor. He held that post from 1961-64 and again
led the campus as acting chancellor from 1970-72. He was awarded
the Atomic Energy Commission's Ernest O. Lawrence Memorial
Award in 1962 and is the founder of the University of California's
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.
professor emeritus of physics at UC San Diego, is currently
serving as founding chair of the UC San Diego Diversity Council
and is a member of the UC President's Council on Nuclear Laboratories.
York was a genius in helping to create the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory and at moving (UC) San Diego ... to an
all-around research university of the first rank," said Clark
Kerr, former UC president and UC Berkeley professor emeritus
of business administration, who will preside over the awards
ceremony with UC President Richard Atkinson and UC Berkeley
Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl.
to UC Berkeley in 1943, at the age of 21, to serve as a scientist
on the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic
bomb. Six years later, he earned a doctorate in physics from
UC Berkeley. In 1953, he became the first director of the
UC-managed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, he served in a variety
of positions in Washington, D.C., including advisor on arms
and disarmament to six U.S. presidents. From 1979-1981, he
was ambassador and chief negotiator for the comprehensive
test ban negotiations under President Jimmy Carter.
of the award will be at 7:15 p.m. in the Faculty Club at UC