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Fermilab scientist is 1st American to win Outreach Award

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln said he enjoys telling others about what he does.

He has written such books as “Understanding the Universe” and “The Quantum Frontier” and made several YouTube videos explaining science in a down-to-earth manner.

Lincoln, 49, of Geneva, has become the first American to win an Outreach Award from the European Physical Society.

The 2013 Outreach Prize for outstanding achievement connected with high energy physics and/or particle astrophysics was awarded to Lincoln “for communicating in multiple media the excitement of high-energy physics to high school students and teachers, and the public at large.”

“I didn’t expect it because of the history of it being given to the Europeans,” Lincoln said. “I was quite surprised.”

The award will be presented to Lincoln in July at the Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics in Stockholm.

“I promised my mom I would get an award in Stockholm,” Lincoln said. “I hoped it would be the Noble Prize, but this is a start.”

But Lincoln said he isn’t motivated by the opportunity to win awards.

“What really is much more gratifying is when I get an email from a student who has decided to study physics because of one of my books,” he said.

Lincoln said much knowledge has been gained at laboratories such as Fermilab.

“We are continuing to try to understand the building blocks of the universe and the rules that govern them, and to understand the origins of the universe,” he said.

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