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February 10, 2000

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, TX
(281) 483-5111

Yanik Deschênes
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Space Agency
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Release: J00-11

Astronaut Dave Williams Receives Prestigious Award

Dr. Dave R. Williams, head of NASA/Johnson Space Center’s Directorate of Space and Life Sciences and a Canadian Space Agency astronaut, has received the prestigious Melbourne W. Boynton Award of the American Astronautical Society for 1999.

Williams was cited for his “extraordinary contributions to the successful implementation of the STS-90 Neurolab mission” and his “leadership in developing innovative strategies for the advancement of space medicine and Earth-based human health care and safety.”

Williams served as a mission specialist on the Neurolab mission, a 16-day flight beginning April 17, 1998. The seven-member crew aboard the orbiter Columbia served as both experiment subjects and experiment operators for the 26 investigations aboard. The science focused on effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system.

On that flight Williams spent 381 hours in space and traveled 6.3 million miles.

Williams was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He holds bachelor of science, master of science, doctorate of medicine and master of surgery degrees from McGill University in Montreal. He subsequently served as a researcher and practitioner of emergency medicine.


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