NASA Space Scientist Dr. Farouk El-Baz Awarded 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize
Each year, the Inamori Ethics Prize recognizes an exemplary international ethical leader whose actions and influence have improved the human condition. The award, presented by Case Western Reserve University’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, supports the Center’s mission to foster ethical leadership around the world.
This year, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence has selected space scientist and geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz, who played a central role in the Apollo space missions and desert groundwater exploration.
Among his many achievements, Dr. El-Baz worked as a NASA scientist on the Apollo space program’s site-selection committee, and was a member of the team of NASA scientists responsible for choosing the first lunar landing site. Dr. El-Baz also created and continues to direct a “Center of Excellence” at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing. The NASA-recognized center uses space technology to study the earth and its environment, including finding critically needed groundwater in arid regions around the globe.
Case Western Reserve University will present the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize to Dr. El-Baz during a ceremony and academic symposium on Sept. 14-15. Dr. El-Baz will deliver a lecture, which is open to the general public, about the focus of his research and the challenges ahead.
The Inamori Ethics Prize has been awarded annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage. The Callahan Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor for the Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony, lecture and symposium.