An entry written by former Superior resident Thomas Deering King has been chosen for an R&D 100 Award, the highest achievement in the field of Research and Development. Sometimes called the Academy Award of Science, the R&D 100 Award recognizes the 100 most significant scientific innovations in the nation.
As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, King worked at the Promethean school newspaper and at WSSU radio. Although pursuing a technical degree, King was also active in numerous University Theatre productions.
He works at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The winning invention, called Solution Deposition Planarization, is an advancement in superconductor manufacture. Award winners will be honored in the September issue of R&D Magazine, and at an award ceremony in Orlando, Fla.
King was hired as a computer programmer at the famed weapons lab, but has been increasingly tapped for technical writing assignments. King has received three other technical writing awards this year.
He credits his continued success to UWS Communications Department Professor Emeritus John D. Munsell.