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AT&T BELL LABS' HAWKINS AWARDED NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY

 AT&T BELL LABS' HAWKINS AWARDED NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY
 WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush today awarded the


National Medal of Technology to W. Lincoln Hawkins, pioneering chemist and the first black member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
 Hawkins, 81, was among eight recipients who were honored in White House ceremonies for their contributions to the technological well-being of the United States, and to the establishment of a technically-trained workforce.
 In particular, Hawkins was cited for "invention and contribution to the commercialization of long-lived polymeric materials for the communications industry, and for his leadership in encouraging minorities to pursue science and engineering careers."
 A member of the American Chemical Society for more than 50 years, Hawkins received the Burton C. Belden Award in recognition of his many technical and professional contributions. He was the first chairman of Project SEED, the ACS program to expose minority students to chemistry as a profession.
 During a 34-year Bell Labs career, Hawkins was granted 18 U.S. and 129 foreign patents related to the conservation and reclamation of materials used in communications equipment.
 He was co-inventor (with the late Vincent Lanza) of an additive that stabilizes the plastic protective covering of telephone cables, a process that has saved billions of dollars for telephone companies around the world.
 A native of Washington, D.C., Hawkins holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Howard University and McGill University. He taught at McGill and was a National Research Council Fellow at Columbia University before joining AT&T Bell Labs in 1942.
 He retired from Bell Labs as assistant director of the Chemical Research Laboratory in 1976, and became a consultant to the company on educational and employment opportunities for minorities.
 He has been active in the Urban League's Black Executive Exchange Program, lectured at black colleges and universities, and has worked with black educators to help expand science programs at minority colleges.
 He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and the New York Academy of Sciences. He also served on several influential American Chemical Society committees.
 He received the Honor Scroll of the American Institute of Chemists, the Percy Julian Award of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the Award of Merit of the National Technical Association, the International Medal of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and the Achievement Award of the Black Professional Engineers. He recently was elected to the New Jersey Inventors' Hall of Fame. He holds four honorary doctoral degrees, and has published 55 scientific papers and three books.
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