LIVERMORE -- President Barack Obama has honored a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist for his cutting-edge research in condensed matter physics.

Physicist Miguel Morales, who joined the lab as a staff scientist in 2010, was named as one of the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) winners. The award, issued to 102 recipients nationwide, is the highest bestowed by the U.S. government to researchers in the early stages of their independent careers. It comes with a stipend distributed over five years; past recipients have received up to $50,000 annually.

Morales, a native of Puerto Rico, earned bachelor of science degrees in theoretical physics and mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico in 2004, and a Ph.D from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009. As part of his work at the lab, Morales studies materials at extreme pressure and temperature on some of the world's most powerful supercomputers.

Morales will receive his award, as will other winners, at a ceremony in Washington D.C. later this year.

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