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McCarty wins major water research prize

Perry L. McCarty, the Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil Engineering, will receive the Clarke Prize for excellence in water quality research and technology. The $50,000 prize, which is awarded annually by the National Water Research Institute, is the largest monetary award in the field.

"Perry McCarty joins a distinguished list of pioneers and leaders who have been architects of the modern models of water quality research and technology," said Ronald L. Linsky, executive director of the institute. "His unwavering determination to move science forward has led to some of the most important contributions to the understanding of water science in the world. Every drinker of water owes a great deal to him."

For 40 years McCarty has been conducting research into biological processes for control of environmental contaminants, particularly methods for cleaning up groundwater pollution, where, according to the award citation, he has made a number of innovative contributions. In addition to his position at Stanford, McCarty is the director of the Western Regional Hazardous Research Center, which is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and jointly operated by Stanford and Oregon State University.

McCarty is only the fourth recipient of the Clarke Prize, which was established in 1993 by the National Water Research Institute to recognize scientists and engineers of exceptional ability, to promote better research and technology in the field of water science, and to honor the institute's co-founder, the late Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke. McCarty will receive the award on May 30 in Dana Point, Calif., where he will also deliver the Clarke Lecture. SR

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