Captains of invention: Creative technical contributions recognized

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By Roger Snodgrass

Los Alamos National Laboratory fulfilled one of its annual spring rites Thursday evening, honoring the inventors who discover and explore newfound territory in science and technology.

On the terrace of Fuller Lodge with blustery winds buffeting the paperwork, hundreds of names were called and a score of awards were presented to researchers for their patents, copyrights, licenses, research agreements and regional economic contributions.

Duncan McBranch, science directorate deputy, hosted the ceremony and introduced the keynote speaker, Manual E. Gonzalez, manager of the Chevron Energy Technology Company, which is involved in a strategic alliance with the laboratory working on advanced energy solutions.

Gonzalez has had a long relationship with the laboratory. In the 1990s he founded Isotag Inc. (now known as Authentix and recently acquired by the Carlisle Group), based on a LANL technology for tagging liquids.

“Calvin Klein jeans are tagged by the company we started,” he said. “That’s how you know your wearing Calvin Klein and not some cheap imitation.”

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