The telegram reads, in part:
“Your name is associated with finding answers to many fundamental questions in science and the successful resolution of many practical problems. The studies you have conducted helped develop the mineral resources base in our nation – first and foremost, allowing us to discover major uranium deposits.
You are an active participant in the international environmental movement and you devote a great deal of attention to defending the environment from radioactive contamination. Your theoretical works on safely disposing of nuclear waste and on countering climate change also serve these goals.”