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MOBIL SCIENTIST RECEIVES NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY

 MOBIL SCIENTIST RECEIVES NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY
 FAIRFAX, Va., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul B. Weisz, whose pioneering studies in shape-selective catalysis helped change the way petroleum is refined, received the National Medal of Technology from President George Bush at a White House Rose Garden ceremony this afternoon.
 Dr. Weisz, retired senior scientist for Mobil Corporation and now a professor at both the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University, lives in State College, PA.
 He is one of eight recipients of this year's medal.
 The National Medal of Technology was first awarded in 1985 by the Technology Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to honor achievements in the development of new technologies that have improved the well-being of the nation.
 Dr. Weisz was honored for basic discoveries in the field of shape- selective zeolite catalysis. Working in conjunction with other scientists and engineers at Mobil Research and Development Corporation laboratories in Princeton and Paulsboro, N.J., Dr. Weisz and his colleagues revolutionized the chemical and petroleum industries with their catalysis technology and opened the way to development of new processes and products valued at billions of dollars a year.
 Mobil's shape-selective catalysts have helped refineries increase octane, decrease emissions and make more diesel fuel and lubricants. They've also helped produce synthetic gasoline from natural gas and raw materials for plastics and polyester fibers.
 Dr. Weisz retired from Mobil in 1984. He currently is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science and is also an Adjunct Professor in chemical engineering at Penn State University.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the National Medal of Technology, contact John Sargent, U.S. Department of Commerce, 202-377-1397./
 /CONTACT: John Lord of Mobil, 703-846-2500/
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