University and the University of Illinois at Urbana.
In 1959, Morrison and Giuseppe Cocconi published a paper proposing the potential of microwaves in the search for interstellar communications. Since then he has been a strong advocate for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, as well as a leader in organizing numerous conferences on related topics, including several NASA symposia on SETI.
In 1994, Morrison received the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award and in 1997, he received the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.
Morrison is well known for his numerous books, films, and television specials, including the film "Powers of Ten" and the PBS series "The Ring of Truth." He is currently Institute Professor, Emeritus and Professor of Physics, Emeritus at MIT. Morrison is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Philip Morrison died April 22, 2005.