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April 15, 2014

First and foremost, The National Science and Technology Medals Foundation would like to thank everyone who has supported our cause in the past. Without generous donors we would be unable to put on a first-rate gala, raise awareness about the tremendous accomplishments of the Laureates, and continue to build programs to help benefit future United States STEM professionals.

In our Spring 2014 edition of The Laureate there is a letter from our new Chairman, James Rathmann, an ode to the 50th anniversary of the National Medal of Science, and a review of this past years Laureates.

We are excited about this year's Gala and we hope to see you and your business partners represented at the event. We have great sponsorship opportunities that provide maximum exposure, along with the opportunity to join in the festivities of celebrating each Laureate’s accomplishments.

Help us grow the profile of the medals and join us for a wonderful celebration at our annual Gala.

For more information on sponsorships please send inquiries to robin@nationalmedals.org or andy@nationalmedals.org

February 1, 2013

The 2011 National Medal of Science Laureates and 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates will receive their medals from President Obama on February 1, 2013. Use the link below to download 300 dpi photos of the Laureates with President Obama. Please be sure to credit Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation.

The 2011 National Medal of Science Laureates:
Allen Bard Download Image
Sallie Chisholm Download Image
Sidney Drell Download Image
Sandra Faber Download Image
Sylvester James Gates Download Image
Solomon Golomb Download Image
John Goodenough Download Image
M. Frederick Hawthorne Download Image
Leroy Hood Download Image
Barry Mazur Download Image
Lucy Shapiro Download Image
Anne Treisman Download Image

The 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates:
Frances Arnold Download Image
George Carruthers Download Image
Robert Langer Download Image
Norman McCombs Download Image
Gholam Peyman Download Image
Art Rosenfeld Download Image
Jan Vilcek Download Image
Team: Samuel Blum, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, James Wynne, IBM Corporation, NY Download Image
Company: Raytheon BBN Technologies, MA, *Represented by CEO, Edward Campbell Download Image

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April 23, 2012.

Message from The Board of Directors

Another giant has left us. George Rathmann passed away this week. Best known as one of the first biotech pioneers, who led the development of companies such as Amgen, ICOS and Hyseq, Rathmann had a lifelong interest in science and technology.

At NSTMF, we know that our nation’s discoverers and innovators also lost a friend, supporter and visionary. When George realized that our nation’s contributors to science and technology were not receiving proper recognition, he did something about it!

George partnered with Steve Burrill who also shared George’s frustration. While the Nobel Foundation honored many American science leaders, no American organization honored our top scientists and technologists. George and Steve and three CEOs, Jim Vincent (Biogen), David Pall (Pall Corporation) and Bob Galvin (Motorola) joined together in 1991 to serve as the first board of directors of the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation.

George’s commitment to the Foundation is reflected in his service as Chairman until late in his life when he then asked Steve to lead the effort. Today George’s granddaughter, Robin Rathmann Noonan, is carrying on Rathmann’s vision and legacy as the Foundation’s executive director. This unique example of a private-public partnership continues to be committed to achieving a common goal of greater recognition for America’s scientists, engineers and innovators.

By 2012, more than 630 laureates have been honored with a National Medal of Science or a National Medal of Technology & Innovation (and there are some with both!). These men, women, teams and companies embody passion, brilliance, creativity, risk and determination. Their achievements have inspired new knowledge, shaped cultural revolutions and driven world economies.

Cloaking himself in characteristic modesty, George was determined that the laureates and their medals should lie in the spotlight. Perhaps that is why there are so few photographs of George at the National Medals events.

On behalf of all the laureates who have benefited from George Rathmann’s leadership and generosity, we thank you, George, for all that you were, all that you gave and all that you shared.

Board of Directors and Staff of the NSTMF

In commemoration and celebration of Dr. Rathmann’s extraordinary life, there will be a memorial service held on Friday, May 4 in Palo Alto, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those interested in honoring Dr. Rathmann make a donation to their favorite charity in his memory.

Please see Dr. Rathmann's New York Times obituary here

Please see Dr. Rathmann's Washington Post obituary here

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The 2010 National Medal of Science Laureates and 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates will receive their medals from President Obama on October 21, 2011. Use the link below to download 300 dpi photos of the Laureates with President Obama. Please be sure to credit Ryan K Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation.

The 2010 National Medal of Science Laureates:
Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology Download Image
Ralph L. Brinster, University of Pennsylvania Download Image
Shu Chien, University of California, San Diego Download Image
Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Download Image
Peter J. Stang, University of Utah Download Image
Richard A. Tapia, Rice University Download Image
Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan, New York University Download Image

The 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates:
Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University Download Image
B. Jayant Baliga, North Carolina State University Download Image
C. Donald Bateman, Honeywell Download Image
Yvonne C. Brill, RCA Astro Electronics Download Image
Michael F. Tompsett, TheraManager Download Image

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2011


President Obama to Present the 2010 National Medals of Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Friday, October 21, the President will honor the recipients of the 2010 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. He will also announce additional steps to speed the process of moving new ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on the White House website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

President Obama will present the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation to the 2010 laureates.

To see the list of Laureates please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/27/president-obama-honors-nation-s-top-scientists-and-innovators

When:
Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET
(Pre-set 11:15 AM - Final Gather 1:30 PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

Where: The East Room
The White House
Washington, D.C.

*** Media Coverage: Members of the media wishing to cover this event and who do not have a White House hard pass must submit with their RSVP their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, country of citizenship, gender, country of birth, and city and state of residence to media_affairs@who.eop.gov by 3:00 PM ET on Thursday, October 19.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2011


President Obama Honors Nation’s Top Scientists and Innovators


President Obama today named seven eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and five inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

“Each of these extraordinary scientists, engineers, and inventors is guided by a passion for innovation, a fearlessness even as they explore the very frontiers of human knowledge, and a desire to make the world a better place,” President Obama said. “Their ingenuity inspires us all to reach higher and try harder, no matter how difficult the challenges we face.”

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. Nominees are selected by 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. Nominees are selected by a distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors.

This year’s recipients are listed below.

National Medal of Science

Jacqueline K. Barton
California Institute of Technology
For discovery of a new property of the DNA helix, long-range electron transfer, and for showing that electron transfer depends upon stacking of the base pairs and DNA dynamics. Her experiments reveal a strategy for how DNA repair proteins locate DNA lesions and demonstrate a biological role for DNA-mediated charge transfer.

Ralph L. Brinster
University of Pennsylvania
For his fundamental contributions to the development and use of transgenic mice. His research has provided experimental foundations and inspiration for progress in germline genetic modification in a range of species, which has generated a revolution in biology, medicine, and agriculture.

Shu Chien
University of California, San Diego
For pioneering work in cardiovascular physiology and bioengineering, which has had tremendous impact in the fields of microcirculation, blood rheology and mechanotransduction in human health and disease.

Rudolf Jaenisch
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For improving our understanding of epigenetic regulation of gene expression: the biological mechanisms that affect how genetic information is variably expressed. His work has led to major advances in our understanding of mammalian cloning and embryonic stem cells.

Peter J. Stang
University of Utah
For his creative contributions to the development of organic supramolecular chemistry and for his outstanding and unique record of public service.

Richard A. Tapia
Rice University
For his pioneering and fundamental contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis and for his dedication and sustained efforts in fostering diversity and excellence in mathematics and science education.

Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan
New York University
For his work in probability theory, especially his work on large deviations from expected random behavior, which has revolutionized this field of study during the second half of the twentieth century and become a cornerstone of both pure and applied probability. The mathematical insights he developed have been applied in diverse fields including quantum field theory, population dynamics, finance, econometrics, and traffic engineering.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Rakesh Agrawal
Purdue University
For an extraordinary record of innovations in improving the energy efficiency and reducing the cost of gas liquefaction and separation. These innovations have had significant positive impacts on electronic device manufacturing, liquefied gas production, and the supply of industrial gases for diverse industries.

B. Jayant Baliga
North Carolina State University
For development and commercialization of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor and other power semiconductor devices that are extensively used in transportation, lighting, medicine, defense, and renewable energy generation systems.

C. Donald Bateman
Honeywell
For developing and championing critical flight-safety sensors now used by aircraft worldwide, including ground proximity warning systems and wind-shear detection systems.

Yvonne C. Brill
RCA Astro Electronics (Retired)
For innovation in rocket propulsion systems for geosynchronous and low earth orbit communication satellites, which greatly improved the effectiveness of space propulsion systems.

Michael F. Tompsett
TheraManager
For pioneering work in materials and electronic technologies including the design and development of the first charge-coupled device (CCD) imagers.


For any questions, please contact:
Rick Weiss
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President
202-456-6037
rweiss@ostp.eop.gov

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Paul Baran's obituary can be seen here

Harry Coover's obituary can be seen here

 

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January 28, 2011

Executive board member Robert White recently wrote a letter the Science Magazine in regards to the National Medals program. It reads:

Recognizing Scientists and Technologists
ON 17 NOVEMBER 2010, PRESIDENT OBAMA PRESENTED THE National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation. These medals are the highest honor that the nation can bestow in science and technology, yet they are rarely mentioned by the popular media. Because Congress does not appropriate funds to implement the “outreach” of these medals, for many years the only national recognition was a private award ceremony with the President.
In 1991, George Rathmann, one of the founders of the biotech industry, facilitated the formation of what is now the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation. The mission
of the Foundation is to promote the National Medal Laureates as role models for students and thereby encourage interest in science and math. To accomplish this goal, the Foundation hosts
a banquet in conjunction with the White House ceremony. This banquet features videos highlighting the technical accomplishments of the Laureates, which then become the basis for stories
that appear throughout the country.
Over the years, the Foundation has accumulated a wealth of electronic material on the Laureates, including biographies, interviews, and descriptions of their accomplishments (1).
This recognition not only is a way to recognize the Laureates’ enormous efforts, but also serves to focus our attention on the seminal ideas in science, mathematics, and engineering. The stories
behind these accomplishments often provide inspiration to others, which is essential to promote further achievements.

View and download here.

October 15, 2010 (release can also be viewed here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-and-releases)

PRESIDENT OBAMA HONORS NATION’S TOP SCIENTISTS AND INNOVATORS
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today named ten eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science, and three individuals and one team as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

“The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers, and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity,” President Obama said. “Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity, and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions.”

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. Nominees are selected by a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in, and contributions to, the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences, as well as chemistry, engineering, computing, and mathematics.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is an outgrowth of a 1980 statute and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and have helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. Nominees are selected by a distinguished independent committee representing both the private and public sectors.

As part of the President’s continuing commitment to encouraging excellence in science and math in young people, the White House also announced this morning that it will host the 2010 White House Science Fair on Monday, October 18th to celebrate the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math competitions.

The recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation are listed below.

National Medal of Science
Yakir Aharonov, Chapman University, CA
Stephen J. Benkovic, Pennsylvania State University, PA
Esther M. Conwell, University of Rochester, NY
Marye Anne Fox, University of California San Diego, CA
Susan L. Lindquist, Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Mortimer Mishkin, National Institutes of Health, MD
David B. Mumford, Brown University, RI
Stanley B. Prusiner, University of California San Francisco, CA
Warren M. Washington, National Center for Atmospheric Research, CO
Amnon Yariv, California Institute of Technology, CA

National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Individuals
Harry W. Coover, Eastman Chemical Company, TN
Helen M. Free, Miles Laboratories, IN
Steven J. Sasson, Eastman Kodak Company, NY

Team
Federico Faggin, Marcian E. Hoff Jr., Stanley Mazor; Intel Corporation, CA

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April 15, 2010

Check out last year's Laureate Profiles at the National Medals Foundation's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/nationalmedals

National Medal of Science

Dr. Berni Alder, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CAWatch here
Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health, MD Watch here
Dr. Joanna Fowler, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY Watch here
Dr. Elaine Fuchs, The Rockefeller University, NYWatch here
Dr. James Gunn, Princeton University, NJ Watch here
Dr. Rudolf  Kalman, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Dr. Michael Posner, University of Oregon, OR Watch here
Dr. JoAnne Stubbe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAWatch here
Dr. J. Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute, MD & CA Watch here

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Dr. Forrest M. Bird, Percussionaire Corp., ID Watch here
Dr. Esther Sans Takeuchi, University at Buffalo, SUNY, NYWatch here
Team:  Dr. John E. Warnock and Dr. Charles M. Geschke (Adobe Systems Inc., CA )Watch here
Company:  IBM Corporation, NY Watch here

 

February 28, 2010

Nominate a Medal of Science Laureate! Deadline is March 31, 2010. Click here

 

November 11, 2009

New documentary explores life and work of medical maverick, “grandfather of small incision surgeries”, National Medal of Technology recipient.

Through My Eyes: The Charlie Kelman Story

Premieres nationwide Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 9 p.m. on public television (check local listings)

Through My Eyes: The Charlie Kelman Story celebrates the jazzy double life of ophthalmologist Dr. Charles D. Kelman. The one-hour documentary is at once a fascinating study of scientific discovery; a rumination on the dynamic of fathers and sons; a cloak-and-dagger adventure; and a one-of-a-kind success story launched at the intersection of failure, fame and fate that gives hope to anyone who has ever harbored a secret dream. Produced by New York metro area public television station WLIW21, the program premieres nationwide on public television Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 9 p.m. (check local listings). Preview video and more at wliw.org/kelman.

 

September 17, 2009

PRESIDENT HONORS NATION’S TOP SCIENTISTS AND INNOVATORS

 

President Obama today named nine eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science, and four inventors and one company as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.  The recipients will receive their awards on October 7 at a White House ceremony.

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.  Nominees are selected by a committee of Presidential appointees based on their advanced knowledge in, and contributions to, the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences, as well as chemistry, engineering, computing, and mathematics.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation has its roots in a 1980 statute and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The award recognizes individuals or companies for their outstanding contributions to the promotion of technology for the improvement of the economic, environmental, or social well-being of the United States.  Nominees are selected by a distinguished independent committee representing both the private and public sectors.

"These scientists, engineers and inventors are national icons, embodying the very best of American ingenuity and inspiring a new generation of thinkers and innovators," President Obama said.  "Their extraordinary achievements strengthen our nation every day—not just intellectually and technologically but also economically, by helping create new industries and opportunities that others before them could never have imagined."

This year’s recipients are:

National Medal of Science

Dr. Berni Alder, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA

Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health, MD

Dr. Joanna Fowler, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY

Dr. Elaine Fuchs, The Rockefeller University, NY

Dr. James Gunn, Princeton University, NJ

Dr. Rudolf  Kalman, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Dr. Michael Posner, University of Oregon, OR

Dr. JoAnne Stubbe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

Dr. J. Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute, MD & CA

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Dr. Forrest M. Bird, Percussionaire Corp., ID

Dr. Esther Sans Takeuchi, University at Buffalo, SUNY, NY

Team:  Dr. John E. Warnock and Dr. Charles M. Geschke (Adobe Systems Inc., CA)

Company:  IBM Corporation, NY

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Honors-Nations-Top-Scientists-and-Innovators/

Foundation News

The Foundation is in the process of developing and launching a National Medals electronic archive and educational website. Check out an informational presentation and video! Interested in learning more? Email contact@nationalmedals.org.

Check out the Foundation's YouTube channel to view recent Laureates' profiles here.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact the Foundation for details.

The Google Foundation has awarded NSTMF a planning grant in support of its Laureate e-Musuem, one of the Foundation's premier outreach activities. The grant provides for the conversion from analog to Digital of many of the laureate audio interviews conducted since 1999 for the Gala celebration by Evolving Communications as well as a design plan for this upcoming living archive. Stay tuned.