“I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” Obama said in a press statement. “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this nation great--and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”
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. A committee of presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral and social, and physical sciences.
This year's recipients of the National Medal of Science are:
The recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are:
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