Hanford High grad named a Rhodes Scholar

Geoff Folsom
The News Tribune

A Hanford High School graduate will be heading to the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship next year.

Growing up around Hanford helped Andrew Lea develop an interest in science history. The interest grew at Harvard, where he took a class on the history of science in the Cold War. Much of that history took place near where he grew up in Richland.

He will work on a master of philosophy degree in the history of science, medicine and technology at Oxford.

“I was interested in both the humanities and science,” Lea told the Herald in a phone interview from Massachusetts on Sunday. “The history of science represents a plan to intersect both these disciplines.”

Lea is one of three young people from Washington and one from Oregon who are among this year’s group of 32 Rhodes Scholars from the United States, The Associated Press reported.

About 80 scholars are selected annually from around the world. This year’s group was selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 colleges and universities.

The award pays all expenses for study at Oxford.

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