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The Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest is given annually by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It was created through a gift of the family to honor the memory of William Nierenberg. The prize includes a bronze medal and $25,000.

The award is named for William Nierenberg (1919–2000), a renowned national science leader who served Scripps Institution of Oceanography as director from 1965 to 1986.[1] The recipient of numerous awards and honors for professional research and public service, Nierenberg was a leading expert in several fields of underwater research and warfare, and was known for his work in low-energy nuclear physics.



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  2. ^ "News Icon Cronkite Had Strong Ties to San Diego". KFMB-TV. July 30, 2009.
  3. ^ "Scripps Prize Honors Marine Ecologist Jane Lubchenco". Environmental News Service. September 15, 2003.
  4. ^ LaFee, Scott (April 20, 2009). "Darwin's Rottweiler". U-T San Diego.
  5. ^ Robbins, Gary (November 2, 2010). "Scripps awards NPR's Ira Flatow Nierenberg Prize". U-T San Diego.
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