PEOPLERALPH E. GOMORY has been appointed chief scientist of International Business Machines Corp. and will head an organization consolidating IBM's divisions of research, technology assessment and university relations.
Gomory joined IBM in 1959 as a research mathematician and was named an IBM fellow in 1964. He headed IBM's research division since 1970 and was elected a vice president in 1973 and a senior vice president in 1985.
BRYANT W. ROSSITER has joined ICN Pharmaceuticals as vice president, and as president of ICN's subsidiary, Viratek Inc. Viratek produces nucleic acid-derived pharmaceuticals. Rossiter was formerly director of science and technology development at Eastman Kodak's research laboratories.
THE "CLUB OF EARTH" issued its first statement this month at the National Forum on BioDiversity sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the .Smithsonian Institution. Nine leading scientists founded the group to call attention to the destruction of the world's species. They recommend that scientists "routinely be con-suited when issues of development, resource use, population policy, economic policy, and the like are being considered by governments."
"Club of Earth" members include Jared Diamond of the University of California at Los Angeles, Paul Erlich of Stanford University, and Edward 0. Wilson of Harvard University.
AWARDSTHE RENATE W. CHASMAN SCHOL ARSHIP FOR WOMEN was awarded to Rosemary T. Baker, a computer science major at the New York Institute of Technology. This was the first time the award has been presented.
The scholarship was established by Brookhaven Women in Science, an organization at Brookhaven National Laboratory, to encourage women to pursue an education in science after taking time off to be homemakers or raise children.
Baker began her college career in 1982, after working as a home-maker for seven years and raising two sons.
THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM TROPHY for achievement in the fields of aerospace science and technology was awarded to Frank Whittle, British jet engine inventor, Hans von Chain, German jet engine inventor, and astronaut John Young.
RICHARD P. LAESER has been awarded NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, NASA's highest honor, for his contribution to the Voyager spacecraft mission. Laeser has managed the Voyager Project since 1981.
ARTHUR H. ROSENFELD AND SPURGEON M. KEENY, JR. have been awarded, respectively, the 1986 Szilard Award and the Forum Award presented by the American Physical Society's Forum on Physics and Society. The Forum presents these awards in recognition of physicists who have made some contribution to "public interest" physics.
Rosenfeld is a professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley and Keeny is president of the Arms Control Association. MONIE A. FERST AWARD of Sigma Xi is presented annually to a scientist who has made "notable contributions to the motivation and encouragement of research through education." Deadline is Dec. 1.
FUNDING NASA RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AWARDS for space biology are available to postdoctoral U.S. citizens. Deadline is Feb. 1.
Dr. X.J. Musacchia, Chairman, NASA Award Committee,
Graduate Programs and Research,
University of Louisville,
Louisville, KY 40292.
Robert A. Cassenove,
Engineering Experiment Station,
Georgia Institute of Technology,
225 North Avenue,
Atlanta, GA 30332.
MONIE A. FERST AWARD of Sigma Xi is presented annually to a scientist who has made "notable contributions to the motivation and encouragement of research through education." Deadline is Dec. 1.