President Obama Honors Nation’s Top Scientists and Innovators

Six APS Fellows Among National Medal of Science and Technology Awardees

Dr. Sidney Drell

By Ryan K. Morris/National Science & Technology Medals FoundationSidney Drell

S. James Gates

Sylvester James Gates

John Goodenough

John Goodenough

Art Rosenfeld

Art Rosenfeld
President Obama recently named 12 eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and 11 extraordinary inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors.

“I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” President Obama said. “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/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.

Recipients who are APS Fellows are listed below.

National Medal of Science
Sidney Drell, Stanford University, CA

Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD

John Goodenough, University of Texas at Austin, TX

National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Art Rosenfeld, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA

Rangaswamy Srinivasan, IBM Corporation, NY

James Wynne, IBM Corporation, NY

(Released by The White House on Dec. 21, 2012).

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