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Obama Announces Recipients of Science, Technology and Innovation Awards for 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012
President Obama on Dec. 21 named 12 researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and 11 inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony in early 2013.

“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:


  • Allen Bard of the University of Texas, Austin, Texas;

  • Sallie Chisholm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.;

  • Sidney Drell of Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.;

  • Sandra Faber of the University of California, Santa Cruz;

  • Sylvester James Gates of the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.;

  • Solomon Golomb of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles;

  • John Goodenough, University of Texas, Austin, Texas;

  • M. Frederick Hawthorne of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

  • Leroy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, Wash.;

  • Barry Mazur of Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.;

  • Lucy Shapiro of Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.; and

  • Anne Treisman of Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.


The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the 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 committee representing the private and public sectors.

The recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are:


  • Frances Arnold of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.;

  • George Carruthers of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.;

  • Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.;

  • Norman McCombs of AirSep Corp., Buffalo, N.Y.;

  • Gholam Peyman of Arizona Retinal Specialists, Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Arthur Rosenfeld of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif.;

  • Jan Vilcek of New York University Langone Medical Center, New York;

  • Samuel Blum, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, and James Wynne of IBM Corp., Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; and

  • Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Mass.

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