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A special APS Executive Board luncheon program was held on April 18, 1997 to announce the Carl E. Anderson Distinguished Academic-Industrial Fellowship which will be made possible through a generous bequest by Dr. Charlotte Anderson in memory of her late husband. The program was held at the J. W. Marriott in Washington, DC and included a number of special guests who gathered with the Board to pay tribute to the accomplishments of Carl E. Anderson.
The annual fellowship will allow for academic-industrial interaction by many outstanding physicists in the field of lasers and optics, which was Carl Anderson's primary field of research. As chair of the special program, Allan Bromley applauded Charlotte Anderson for her appreciation of the opportunities afforded by greater academic-industrial interface. Having known Carl and Charlotte Anderson for 30 years, Allan Bromley related numerous examples of Carl's achievements in the field of laser technology. Others speaking on Carl Anderson's accomplishments and the importance of this fellowship included Nobel laureate, Nicolaas Bloembergen; Inge-Maria Ladenbauer-Bellis; Thomas Karras; Thomas McIlrath and Harry Lustig. In a brief biography of Carl Anderson written for the luncheon program by Thomas Karras, who was both a colleague and friend of Carl's, he states "Charlotte's desire to establish an APS fellowship in memory of Carl that emphasizes his area of work would certainly have pleased him. It encourages the work he enjoyed by people educated in the discipline he believed in."
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