Ben Rees Wins 2018 Thomas Intrator Scholarship

Ben Rees, recipient of the 2018 Thomas Intrator scholarship. Jessica Booton Photography, www.jessicabootonphotography. com/




The family of Thomas Intrator has announced that they have selected Ben Rees as the 2018 winner of the Thomas Intrator Scholarship. The scholarship honors Thomas Intrator, who was a distinguished plasma physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Intrator encouraged, fostered and practiced a sense of curiosity. His inquisitiveness and occasional “militant naiveté” defined his approach not just professionally in physics, but in life. Wonder at the natural world, and a drive to understand, were moral imperatives that he hoped to instill in those around him. The scholarship each year goes to a student who earnestly adapts these principles towards application in a STEM major.


Rees is the son of Daniel Rees and Amy Regan. He will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall where he will major in Chemistry.


“Looking carefully at Ben Rees’ application, we can see that he would have felt at home in Tom Intrator’s Lab, whether sorting tools, pondering images, testing code, building a diagnostic device, or writing down his day’s work”, said Lysa Intrator in a statement on behalf of the Intrator family. “We wish Ben Rees all the best in his university years, and we are pleased to help in our small way.”


The Thomas Intrator Scholarship is administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, an independent organization that supports, challenges, and invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Learn more at

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