Issued 3/7/97




UPTON, NY - March 7, 1997 - Brookhaven National Laboratory today announced that Dr. Nicholas P. Samios, the facility's Director since 1982, will retire from his post effective April 30, 1997, to return to a research position at the Laboratory.

In a letter to all Laboratory employees, after citing a long series of notable accomplishments during Dr. Samios' tenure as Director, Dr. Robert E. Hughes, President of Associated Universities, Inc., observed, "These and many other achievements attest to the vision and strength that Dr. Samios brought to his role in leading the Laboratory into world-class science and productive interactions with the national and international scientific communities."

Hughes added, "As President of AUI, I have gained a high respect and personal regard for Nick Samios and wish him well as he continues his scientific career at the Laboratory as AUI Distinguished Scientist."

In presenting the AUI Board with his decision, Samios wrote, "As you know from discussions over the past year, I have privately indicated my intention to step down as Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory at the fifteenth anniversary of my appointment. I have delayed the formal announcement so as not to cause any interference with the search for a new AUI President. As that search is now completed, I am formally announcing that I will step down as Director on April 30, 1997, and return to full-time research at the Laboratory."

Among the many highlights of Dr. Samios' tenure as Director is his success in initiating and guiding the development of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Expected to be the world's premier facility for nuclear physics research when completed in 1999, RHIC will recreate conditions that existed in the universe at the earliest moments of its creation, immediately after the "big bang."

The Brookhaven Center for Imaging and Neurosciences is another of the landmark developments at Brookhaven overseen by Dr. Samios. In 1996, the Lab dedicated a new high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility to go along with the existing positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) facilities that make up the Center. Through the Center, Laboratory researchers can better study the relationship between mental and physical processes within the brain.

Prior to being named Director in 1982, Samios held a variety of research and administrative positions within the Laboratory. Since joining the Laboratory's Physics Department in 1959, his experience includes serving as physics group leader, Chairman of the Physics Department and Deputy Director for High Energy and Nuclear Physics.

Dr. Samios is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the E.O. Lawrence Memorial Award, the American Physical Society's Panofsky Prize and the New York Academy of Sciences' Award in Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Founded in 1947, Brookhaven National Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research management organization, operates the Laboratory under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.


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