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Peter M. Goldreich of Caltech is one of eight scientists to receive this year's National Medal of Science. Goldreich was praised for "his profound and lasting contributions to planetary sciences and astrophysics, providing fundamental theoretical insights for understanding the rotation of planets, the dynamics of planetary rings, pulsars, astrophysical masers, the spiral arms of galaxies and the oscillations of the sun."

Other winners include Roger Shepard of Stanford University, Thomas Cech of the University of Colorado, Hans Dehmelt of the University of Washington, Hermann Haus and Alexander Rich of MIT, Isabella Karle of the Naval Research Laboratory and Louis Nirenberg of New York University.

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