A Royal Honor for Physics' Uritam

A Royal Honor for Physics' Uritam


Rein Uritam receives his honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire from British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer.
Assoc. Prof. Rein Uritam (Physics) was awarded an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his long service to promoting educational relations between the United States and the United Kingdom through his work with the Association of Marshall Scholars.

Uritam formally received his MBE from British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, on Jan. 17.

The prestigious Marshall Scholarships, established by the British Parliament in 1953, bring American college graduates to the UK for degree studies in any subject at the institution of their choice. Noted past Marshall Scholars include US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, inventor Ray Dolby, Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman and Duke University president Nannerl Keohane.

Uritam served as president of the Association of Marshall Scholars from 1991 to 2001, during which time he expanded the active membership of the alumni group, produced a semi-annual association newsletter and bi-annual membership directory. During his tenure, the association hosted its first Marshall's Symposium at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  

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