KUWAIT, June 12 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah patronized on Wednesday a ceremony honoring winners of HH
Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah's 12th Informatics Award, namely the American
prime inventor of the Global Positioning System (GPS), Roger Easton, who was
represented by his son at the high-profile ceremony.
HH the Amir's motorcade arrived at the venue of the event, Sheikha Salwa
Sabah Al-Ahmad Hall at Marina Hotel, where he was welcomed by dignitaries,
namely the chairperson of the award board of trustees, Sheikh Aida Salem
Al-Ali Al-Sabah, and steering committee members. The ceremony was attended by
HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Speaker of the
National Assembly Ali Fahad Al-Rashed, senior sheikhs, Deputy Chief of the
National Guard Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Acting Prime
Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and
senior state officials.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sheikha Aida affirmed that excellence in the
realms of science can only be achieved with support of the top leadership,
saying in part, "The elements of success and excellence are knowledge and hard
work; however, these elements cannot be achieved except through constant
nuturing and support" provided by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber
Al-Sabah, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH
"the father," Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah, the Chief of the National Guard.
This century, education has become a force in the world of knowledge with
ideas and information, where scholars and nations compete. The youth have
gained knowledge and have become the generation of new technologies. This
requires a new vision to render them the real builders of the community, she
The Informatics Award of Sheikh Salem has "captured these heights and
outlines through its features of the present and those of the future and it
invested youth capacities for enriching its sustainable development project
with addition to its future vision."
Sheikh Aida expressed gratitude to "the great people of who volunteered in
the events of this prize and their work and achievements," and congratulated
the winning projects "for this innovation in quality and accomplishment."
The son of Roger Easton, the prime inventor of the globally-used GPS, was
present at the ceremony on behalf of his father, a prime honoree. In his
statement, Easton junior addressed the present top leaders, saying, "I am
honored to represent my father in this honorable ceremony. Both he and my
mother would have liked to attend in person, but they are no longer able to
travel this distance.
While preparing for this speech, I have re-visited my father's
accomplishments over the wide technical fields that led him to his leadership
in the development of the Timation system, which included all of the essential
components of the Global Positioning System. His achievements extended beyond
"He had a prominent role in the design of Vanguard 1, launched on 17 March
1958, and the Minitrack system for tracking and establishing the orbital
parameters of orbiting spacecraft. These contributions are undoubtedly the
reason for an exhibition next to the "Missile Pit" on the Mall in Washington
DC. This work led to my father's leadership in the development of the Naval
Space Surveillance System in the early 1960s, which was a radar-based system
of three transmitters and six receivers across the southern part of the United
States for detecting the passage of orbiting spacecraft, including those that
are not emitting radio signals," Easton added.
"My father developed a system that synchronized atomic clock time standards
at both the transmitter and receiver by transporting a portable atomic clock
between sites," he said. This idea led to the concept of a new generation
satellite-based navigation system, called "TIMATION" for Time Navigation. This
work is recognized in the new exhibit, the "Time and Navigation" gallery at
the National Air and Space Museum. "Father is among a small number of people
whose accomplishments are recognized in this museum .."
He concluded, saying, "On this occasion, on the occasion of awarding Sheikh
Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah Informatics Award to my father, Mr. Roger Easton, I
would like to express my appreciation and pride of this global award and to
express my gratitude and thanks for the State of Kuwait for recognizing
science and scientists."(end)
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