The White House and Fermilab

Innovation in science and technology has always been the driving force behind Fermilab's basic research at the frontiers of elementary particle physics and related disciplines. Fermilab's contributions to science and technology are routinely honored by the scientific community. On occasion, our award-winning inventions, discoveries, and breakthroughs have attracted the attention and recognition of the White House and the President of the United States.

The exhibit includes photographs, documents, and mementos of Presidential recognition of Fermilab's scientists. Featured objects recall the presentations of the 1973 National Medal of Science to Robert R. Wilson by President Richard M. Nixon, the 1989 National Medal of Technology to Helen T. Edwards, Richard A. Lundy, J. Richie Orr and Alvin V. Tollestrup by President George H. W. Bush, and the 1992 Enrico Fermi Award to Leon M. Lederman by President Bill Clinton.

The Exhibit

This exhibit is brought to you by the History and Archives Project of the Fermilab Directorate during the 3rd Annual Archives Week in Chicago, Oct. 10-16, 2004, proclaimed by Mayor Richard M. Daley and sponsored by the Chicago Area Archivists.

We appreciate the cooperation of Ellen and Leon Lederman, and Janine and Alvin Tollestrup for lending objects for this exhibit. We would also like to thank the Fermilab Security Department, the Fermilab Office of Public Affairs, and the Fermilab Visual Media Services Department, including the Duplicating Office, for their assistance.