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Kent Kresa, Dr. Richard Lerner and Dr. Peter Schultz to be Honored at the 1996 California Scientist and Industrialist of the Year Awards Banquet

March 26, 1996 -- The California Museum of Science and Industry (CMSI) is proud to announce that Richard A. Lerner, M.D., President, The Scripps Research Institute and Peter G. Schultz, Ph.D., Professor, University of California at Berkeley, have been jointly named the 1996 California Scientist of the Year, and Kent Kresa, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation, the 1996 California Industrialist of the Year. All three will be honored at the 39th Annual California Scientist and Industrialist Awards Banquet on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The California Museum Foundation, the nonprofit affiliate of the museum gives these awards to recognize the outstanding contributions made by individuals in science, technology and industry. Since the awards were established in 1958, 43 distinguished scientists have been honored, of which 11 have subsequently received a Nobel Prize.

Dr. Schultz, a professor of chemistry at U.C. Berkeley and principal investigator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Schultz and Dr. Lerner are being honored for their discovery that antibodies can act as highly selective catalysts akin to the body's natural catalysts, or enzymes. This work permits the catalysis of chemical reactions considered impossible by traditional chemical procedures. Their research has contributed tremendously to the understanding of enzymes and antibodies and both have successfully developed a number of strategies for generating catalytic antibodies. Due to this research, many biotech companies have now begun to invest in the creation of enzymes.

Mr. Kresa has more than 35 years of professional experience in research, development, production and management. Following distinguished service with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), he joined Northrop Grumman in 1975 and was elected the company's president in 1987, adding the positions of chief executive officer and chairman in 1990. He has been instrumental in building Northrop Grumman into one of the nation's premier high technology companies.

Jeffrey N. Rudolph, CMSI Executive Director stated, "The honorees reflect CMSI's desire to recognize excellence in the fields of science and technology while fulfilling our mission of advancing scientific literacy for future generations."

For more information on the 39th Annual California Scientist and Industrialist of the Year Awards, please call Lori Chong, Paula Wagner or Jamie Wesson at the Museum's Communications Department, (213) 744-7446.


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