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Dec. 5, 2002 Press Contact: Steve Koppes
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University of Chicago scientist to deliver Nobel lecture in Sweden on behalf of father Dec. 8

Who: Andrew Davis, Senior Scientist in the Department of Geophysical Sciences and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.
What: Andrew Davis will deliver the Nobel lecture in physics on behalf of his father, Raymond Davis Jr., University of Pennsylvania, who shares the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics with Masatoshi Koshiba, University of Tokyo, and Riccardo Giacconi, Associated Universities Inc.

Raymond Davis Jr. will attend all of the ceremonies, including the lecture. The elder Davis, 88, will have the distinction of being the oldest person ever to win a Nobel Prize.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8. To arrange an interview with either Davis, call Steve Koppes, (773) 702-8366, at the University of Chicago News Office. They will be traveling from Thursday, Dec. 5, to Saturday, Dec. 14.
Where: Stockholm University in Sweden.
Background: Raymond Davis Jr. will receive the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Stockholm. In announcing the Nobel Prizes last October, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited Davis “for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos.”

Andrew Davis, a cosmochemist, studies meteorites to better understand the origin and early evolution of the solar system. He is especially interested in presolar interstellar grains recovered from primitive meteorites. These grains condensed around individual stars before the solar system formed. The stardust grains provide a scientific record of the processes by which the elements were manufactured in those stars.
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