The Herb York Memorial Lecture and Fund

Both the lecture and fund honor the memory of Dr. Herbert F. York, IGCC's founding director.

The lecture series brings a distinguished speaker to UC San Diego to give a public talk on a topic tied to IGCC's research agenda. Past speakers have included Dr. John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2016); Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm founder and CEO emeritus (2014); Dr. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (2013); Dr. Penrose (“Parney”) Albright, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2012); and Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (2011).

The fund endows an annual fellowship to a UC student doing graduate work in an area related to IGCC's research agenda and mission. The inaugural award was made in May 2015 for the 2015–16 academic year. 

The Herb York Memorial Lecture

The Herb York Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Herbert F. York, UC San Diego’s founding chancellor, and the myriad contributions he made to the fields of international security and arms control.

Dr. York, a distinguished nuclear physicist, was the founding director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), the first chief scientist of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later DARPA), and first director of Defense Research and Engineering under President Eisenhower. He was the founding chancellor of UC San Diego and the first director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1952–1958). In 2000, President Clinton presented York with the Enrico Fermi Award for his efforts and contributions in nuclear deterrence and arms control agreements. The Fermi Award is the government’s oldest science and technology award honoring lifetime achievement.

The lecture is generously underwritten by the York family.

Past Lectures

Fifth Herb York Memorial Lecture
February 29, 2016
Science, Technology, and Innovation: The View from the White House Advisor
Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

View Dr. Holdren's lecture slide show

Watch the lecture on UC TV

Media Coverage

Mar 3, 2016. UC San Diego News Center. White House Advisor Promotes Science, Technology During Campus Visit

Feb 24, 2016. San Diego Union-Tribune. Obama's Science Czar to Speak at UCSD 

Feb 17, 2016. UC San Diego News Center. Presidential Advisor John Holdren to Speak at UC San Diego

Fourth Herb York Memorial Lecture
December 16, 2014
Research Universities, Industry, and Innovation
Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm founder and CEO emeritus
 
Watch the lecture on UCTV

Media Coverage

Jan 1, 2015. La Jolla Light. From Cornell to Qualcomm: Irwin Jacobs Talks About His Illustrious Career

Dr. Irwin Jacobs: Engineer, Innovator, Qualcomm Founder

Third Herb York Memorial Lecture
Driving Technological Surprise: DARPA’s Mission in a Changing World
October 30, 2013
Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
 
Second Herb York Memorial Lecture
July 18, 2012
Dr. Penrose (“Parney”) Albright, Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
 
Inaugural Herb York Memorial Lecture
Then and Now: Comparing the State of U.S. Defense Research and Development From the 1950s to the Present Day
June 29, 2011
Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

The Herb York Memorial Fund

A gift to the Herb York Memorial Fund helps IGCC continue Dr. York’s legacy by providing fellowships in global security to UC graduate students.