In Honor Of NJ's Nobel Prize Recipients, Menendez Places Official Statement Into The Congressional Record

In Honor Of NJ's Nobel Prize Recipients, Menendez Places Official Statement Into The Congressional Record

Washington - Today, two New Jersey scientists - Drs. Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith -- were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Below is the official statement U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has submitted into the Congressional Record in their honor.

The following is text of the statement:

Mr. MENENDEZ. Mr. President, I rise to extend my deepest congratulations to Drs. Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith - two New Jersey scientists who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, an incredible honor for extraordinary ingenuity in their chosen field and fitting recognition for their outstanding achievement.

They have expanded the boundaries of science, inventing something most of us do not understand, but which has made a difference in our lives. The invention of the charged-coupled device, or CCD, now found in digital cameras used around the world and by NASA on the ground-breaking Hubble Telescope, revolutionized how we take photographs and manipulate and transfer images. It has given us insight into the deepest reaches of space, allowed us to see remarkable images that have made us better understand the vastness and magnificence of the universe, and better appreciate the simple images in our family photographs.

Dr. Boyle and Dr. Smith have done their work at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey and now have enriched our state's proud tradition of scientific breakthrough and innovation. We can add their names to those of Albert Einstein, who made Princeton his base, and Thomas Edison, who from his Garden State lab invented the incandescent light bulb that lit the world. The names of Boyle and Smith will now loom large in the scientific history of our state. They have made New Jersey and the United States very proud.

Their contribution to science is in their remarkable discovery, but their legacy to mankind is in their pioneering spirit, their ingenuity, and their quest to look further, think harder, and discover what no one else could.

I join with my colleagues and with every American in thanking them for making our lives better and wish them the very best as they continue careers that brought them to this place, having earned a Nobel Prize almost forty years to the day after they began their long scientific journey.

To Dr. Boyle and Dr. Smith, we offer the best wishes of a grateful nation.