The White House announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22 the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation – our nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. Awardees include Dr. Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State and Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony early next year.
“Science and technology are fundamental to solving some of our nation’s biggest challenges,” President Obama said. “The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country’s legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world. Their work is a testament to American ingenuity.”
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The President receives nominations from a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, and the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. A distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors submits recommendations to the President.
The new recipients are:
National Medal of Science
- Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos, University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
- Dr. Michael Artin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Dr. Albert Bandura, Stanford University
- Dr. Stanley Falkow, Stanford University School of Medicine
- Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Dr. Rakesh K. Jain, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
- Dr. Mary-Claire King, University of Washington
- Dr. Simon Levin, Princeton University
- Dr. Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
- Dr. Joseph DeSimone, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carbon3D
- Dr. Robert Fischell, University of Maryland at College Park
- Dr. Arthur Gossard, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Dr. Nancy Ho, Green Tech America, Inc. and Purdue University
- Dr. Chenming Hu, University of California, Berkeley
- Dr. Mark Humayun, University of Southern California
- Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, University of Connecticut
- Dr. Jonathan Rothberg, 4catalyzer Corporation and Yale School of Medicine