Family Firm Institute honors HBS professor
Renato Tagiuri, professor of social sciences in business administration emeritus at Harvard Business School (HBS), has received the Richard Beckhard Practice Award from the Family Firm Institute, an international association of professionals and family business executives dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration in the family business field. First offered in 1992, the annual award recognizes significant contributions to the “practice of advising and consulting with family businesses.”
CfA astronomer awarded prestigious prize for service
The UK Royal Astronomical Society has awarded the Prize for Service to Astronomy and Geophysics to Brian Marsden of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). An associate of the Harvard College Observatory, Marsden was director of the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams from 1968 to 2000, and is now director emeritus. In this capacity, he was responsible for disseminating information about transient objects and events in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics.
Since 1978, Marsden has also directed IAU’s Minor Planet Center, which issues orbital and related information about comets and asteroids. From 1987 to 2002 he was associate director for planetary sciences at CfA.
Gardner: Filmmaker, author, instructor honored for lifetime achievement
The American Anthropological Association, in collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology, has presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Gardner, an associate of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) at Harvard. The award was presented earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
A longtime educator at Harvard, Gardner has served both as chairman of the VES department and as director of the Carpenter Center. His new book, “The Impulse to Preserve,” is coming out in May 2006. Some of his films include “Dead Birds,” “Rivers of Sand,” and “Forest of Bliss.”
Bromfield elected to Epilepsy Foundation advisory group
At its recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the Epilepsy Foundation professional advisory board elected Edward B. Bromfield, a practicing neurologist, educator, and research scientist at Harvard Medical School, as a member of its national advisory group. Bromfield is an associate professor of neurology at Harvard and chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Electroencephalogram (EEG) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Capasso awarded Presidential Medal for Culture
The president of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, presented Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics Federico Capasso with the Presidential Medal for Culture at a Dec. 14 ceremony in Rome. The honor is bestowed upon individuals who have achieved high distinction in science, the humanities, or other cultural activities.
Best known for his groundbreaking work on nanostructured materials and devices, Capasso is also the Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at Harvard.
– Compiled by Andrew Brooks