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October 26, 2001

John H. Marburger III Appointed President Bush’s Science Advisor  

Peter Paul Becomes Brookhaven Lab’s Interim Director

Upton, NY — The U.S. Senate has confirmed John H. Marburger III as Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Marburger has been the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and President of Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) since 1998. Founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle of Columbus, Ohio, BSA manages Brookhaven Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy.

picture of Peter PaulBSA has appointed Peter Paul, Brookhaven’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology, as Interim Director of Brookhaven Lab, effective today. In the meantime, a committee composed of two members of the BSA Board of Directors, William Madia and Robert McGrath; and Donald Engelman, Chair of the BSA Science & Technology Steering Committee, are working to identify potential candidates for Marburger’s successor. The 16-member BSA Board of Directors will choose the next Brookhaven Director.

Paul commented, “I am proud to serve as Brookhaven’s Interim Director and to continue the exemplary management that John Marburger brought to this Laboratory. Brookhaven’s scientific programs are first-rate, and its progress in environmental remediation and communications under Dr. Marburger’s leadership have been praised by both the public and the Department of Energy.”

After Peter Paul received a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Freiburg in 1959, he joined the faculty of Stony Brook University’s (USB) Department of Physics in 1960. He became Distinguished Service Professor in 1992, and he served as Chair of the Physics Department from 1986 to 1990, and from 1996 to 1998. As Director of USB’s Nuclear Structure facility, Paul developed and constructed the university’s superconducting heavy ion linear accelerator. Paul has served as Brookhaven’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology since March 1998, when BSA took over the Laboratory’s management.

A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Paul won the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award in 1983. He was a member of the DOE/National Science Foundation Nuclear Science Advisory Committee from 1980 to 1983 and served as chair of the committee from 1989 to 1992. He is the author of about 170 refereed articles in nuclear and accelerator science journals.

300 dpi high-resolution image of Dr. Paul

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.