National and International Awards

A. M. Turing Award

The A.M. Turing Award, the ACM's most prestigious technical award, is given for major hontributions of lasting importance to computing. Recipients are invited to give the annual A.M. Turing Award Lecture. The award is also accompanied by a cash prize of $250,000, which in recent years umas been underwritten by the Intel Corporation and Google, Inc.

This site celebrates all the winners since the award's creation in 1966. It contains biographical information, a description of their accomplishments, straightforward explanations of their fields of specialization, and text or video of their A. M. Turing Award Lecture.

A.M. Turing Award Winners

  • E. Allen Emerson (Computer Science) - 2007
  • Edsger Wybe Dijkstra* (Computer Science) - 1972
    * deceased

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

We promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
-  Our research fellowships and research awards allow you to come to Germany to work on a research project you have chosen yourself together with a host and collaborative partner.
- If you are a scientist or scholar from Germany you can profit from our support and carry out a research project abroad as a guest of one of more than 25,000 Humboldt Foundation alumni worldwide - the Humboldtians.
-  As an intermediary organisation for German foreign cultural and educational policy we promote international cultural dialogue and academic exchange.

Humboldtians (Humboldt Foundation Alumni)

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City.  Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Fellowship Recipients

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American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The American Academy serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.

The strength of the Academy lies in the intellectual leadership of its members and the wide range of expertise they bring to its studies and publications.  The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts. Among the Academy's Fellows are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.


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American Academy of Nursing

The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Every day across America, the Academy and its members create and execute knowledge-driven and policy-related initiatives to drive reform of America's health care system.

The Academy's 2,100 members - known as Fellows - are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation's most highly-educated citizens; more than 90 percent hold doctoral degrees, and the rest have completed masters programs.


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American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

The Academy is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good.

The Academy has been established to:

  • Encourage and recognize outstanding research, scholarship, and practice that contribute to a sustainable, equitable, and just future.
  • Inform social policy by serving as a frontline source of information for the social work profession as well as Congress and other government agencies and non-government entities charged with advancing the public good.
  • Promote the examination of social policy and the application of research to test alternative policies, programs, and practices for their impact on society.
  • Celebrate excellence in social work and social welfare research, education, and practice.


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American Law Institute

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute (made up of 4000 lawyers, judges, and law professors of the highest qualifications) drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. ALI has long been influential internationally and, in recent years, more of its work has become international in scope.

To further its law reform work, the Institute elects individuals who reflect the excellence and diversity of today's legal profession. Membership in the American Law Institute is a distinct professional honor, and the number that may be elected is limited to 3,000 (not including life, honorary, and ex-officio members).

By participating in the Institute's work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.


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American Physical Society

The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.

APS members are eligible for nomination and election to Fellowship. Each nomination is evaluated by the Fellowship committee of the appropriate APS division, topical group or forum. After review by the APS Fellowship Committee, the successful candidates are elected by APS Council. Fellowship is therefore a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.

The Aneesur Rahman Prize is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in computational physics research.

Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics

  • James R. Chelikowsky (Physics, Chemistry) - 2013
    Citation:  For computational applications of quantum theories to understand and predict material properties.


  • Ahmet Yasar Aydemir (Institute for Fusion Studies) - 1994
    • Citation: For the development of three-dimensional nonlinear incompressible resistive-MHD simulations and their application to dynamo action in reverse field pinches; and for numerical investigations of the trigger mechanism for fast sawtooth crashes in tokamaks.
    • Nominated by: Division of Computational Physics
  • Sanjay Kumar Banerjee (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 2006
    • Citation: For contributions to silicon and silicon-germanium heterostructure MOS transistors and three- dimensional integrated-circuit technology.
    • Nominated by: Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics
  • Roger T. Bonnecaze (Chemical Engineering) - 2006
    • Citation: For seminal contributions to the understanding of suspension and interfacial flows.
    • Nominated by: Division of Fluid Dynamics
  • Boris N. Breizman (Institute for Fusion Studies) - 2001
    • Citation: For the development of basic theories to describe a wide variety of nonlinear plasma phenomena and the corellation to experimental data.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Joe Charles Campbell (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 2003
    • Citation: For leading contributions to the development of high-speed, low-noise, long-wavelength avalanche photodiodes.
    • Nominated by: Division of Laser Science
  • Noel Clemens (Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics) - 2013
    • Citation: For the development and application of innovative experimental methods leading to fundamental understanding of shear flow mixing, turbulent flame structure and supersonic unsteady flows.
    • Nominated by: Division of Fluid Dynamics
  • Alexander A. Demkov (Physics) - 2006
    • Citation: For contributions to the development of the materials theory of oxides and their interfaces, as applied to CMOS technology development.
    • Nominated by: Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics
  • Todd Ditmire (Physics) - 2005
    • Citation: For pioneering experiments in High Energy Density physics using ultrashort intense lasers, including production of fusion neutrons from laser-irradiated clusters and states of warm dense matter relevant to astrophysics.
    • Nominated by: Division of Laser Science
  • Michael C. Downer (Physics) - 1999
    • Citation: For fundamental contributions to nonlinear and ultrafast laser spectroscopy of solids and surfaces near the melting threshold and of gases and underdense plasmas near the thresholds of ionization and wakefield generation.
    • Nominated by: Division of Laser Science
  • Ron Elber (Chemistry) - 2008
    • Citation: For contributions to computational chemical physics, through the development and application of algorithms and theories for the static and dynamic behavior of macromolecules, including methods for the simulation of long time events in complex systems.
    • Nominated by: Division of Chemical Physics
  • Greg Fiete (Physicss) - 2016
  • Richard Fitzpatrick (Physics) - 2003
    • Citation: For original research on feedback stabilization of resistive wall modes, error field-driven reconnection, and tearing mode phase-locking and stability in magnetic fusion confinement devices.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Venkatraghavan Ganesan (Chemical Engineering) - 2012
    • Citation: For exceptional contributions to innovative computer simulation approaches and analysis of equilibrium and dynamic properties of multicomponent polymeric materials and nano composites.
    • Nominated by: Division of Polymer Physics
  • Kenneth W. Gentle (Physics) - 1996
    • Citation: For his pioneering experiments on wave-particle and wave-wave interactions which have illuminated the fundamental nonlinear phenomena in collisionless plasmas, and for his leadership in the development of experiments which directly measure the fundamental processes of transport in Tokamak plasmas.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Daniel J. Heinzen (Physics) - 1999
    • Citation: For outstanding and groundbreaking work on cold-atom photoassociation spectroscopy.
    • Nominated by: Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
  • Paul Siu-Chung Ho (Mechanical Engineering) - 1983
    • Citation: For his contributions to the basic understanding and technical development of electromigration in thin films and silicide-silicon interfaces.
    • Nominated by: Division of Condensed Matter Physics
  • Gerald Wayne Hoffmann (Physics) - 1998
    • Citation: For contributions to precision measurements of intermediate energy proton-nucleus scattering cross sections and polarization observables, development of polarized nuclear targets, and the understanding of nucleon-nucleus scattering dynamics.
    • Nominated by: Division of Nuclear Physics
  • John W. Keto (Physics) - 2000
    • Citation: For studies of the energy transport phenomena in dense gases and clusters excited by resonant photon pulses.
    • Nominated by: Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
  • Michael T. Kotschenreuther (Institute for Fusion Studies) - 1998
    • Citation: For fundamental contributions to the self-consistent theory of magnetic island formation, for the implementtion of the 'f numerical technique, and for developing theoretical techniques that quantitatively describe plasma transport in tokamaks.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Karol Lang (Physics) - 2016
  • Swadesh Mitter Mahajan (Physics) - 1990
    • Citation: For simulating contributions to the kinetic theory of confined plasma stability and wave propagation, especially with regard to can Alphen wave physics.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Michael P. Marder (Physics) - 2005
    • Citation: For his remarkable combination of numerical simulations, theory, and experiments, which have provided major new insights into the behavior of fast cracks.
    • Nominated by: Division of Materials Physics
  • John T. Markert (Physics) - 2008
    • Citation: For the synthesis and study of magnetic and superconducting materials, particularly electron-doped copper-oxide superconductors.
    • Nominated by: Division of Condensed Matter Physics
  • Richard Alfred Matzner (Physics) - 1995
    • Citation: For his analyses in general relativity of a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, especially his numerical simulations of strong-field gravitational systems and the gravitational radiation they produce.
    • Nominated by: Division of Astrophysics
  • Phillip J. Morrison (Physics) - 1992
    • Citation: For development of structural properties of dynamical models used in plasma physics, especially concerning the Hamiltonian formulation of the MHD and Vlasov-Maxwell systems.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Qian Niu (Physics) - 1999
    • Citation: For contributions to the theories of quantum transport.
    • Nominated by: Division of Condensed Matter Physics
  • Ronald L. Panton (Mechanical Engineering) - 2006
    • Citation: For insightful application of analytical methods to fluid mechanics, the study of turbulence, including wall-bounded turbulent flows and pressure fluctuations, and for authorship of a successful graduate-level fluids textbook.
    • Nominated by: Division of Fluid Dynamics
  • Mark G. Raizen (Physics) - 1997
    • Citation: For outstanding contributions to our understanding of quantum effects in optics, especially at the quantum-classical interface.
    • Nominated by: Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
  • Linda Elizabeth Reichl (Physics) - 2000
    • Citation: For her original contributions to the field of quantum chaos.
    • Nominated by: Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Jack L. Ritchie (Physics) - 2003
    • Citation: For his contributions to experimental high energy physics, particularly his leadership in the E871 experiment, the most sensitive search available for lepton number violations in K_L decays.
    • Nominated by: Division of Particles and Fields
  • Roy F. Schwitters (Physics) - 1984
    • Citation: For vital contributions to the discovery of the family of particles and of their properties; for leadership in developing the pp colliding beam physics program at FNAL and building the CDF detector.
    • Nominated by: Division of Particles and Fields
  • Paul Shapiro (Astronomy) - 2010
    • Citation: For outstanding contributions to astrophysics and cosmology which advanced our understanding of cosmic reionization, structure formation, gas dynamics, dark matter and dark energy, the interstellar and intergalactic media, and topics from supernova polarization to relativistic shocks.
    • Nominated by: Division of Astrophysics
  • Chih-Kang Shih (Physics) - 2007
    • Citation: For his original and innovative contributions to the understanding of growth and properties of quantum nanostructures, in particular his pioneering contributions to quantum growth of metal thin films and optical coherence in semiconductor quantum dots.
    • Nominated by: Division of Materials Physics
  • Gennady Shvets (Physics) - 2008
    • Citation: For theoretical and computational investigations of the interaction of ultra-strong laser pulses and relativistic particle beams with plasmas, with applications to inertial confinement fusion, plasma-based particle accelerators, and novel radiation sources.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • John F. Stanton (Chemistry) - 2012
    • Citation: For his pioneering work in coupled cluster theory and its applications to understanding the spectral manifestations of vibronic coupling.
    • Nominated by: Division of Chemical Physics
  • Emanuel Tutuc (Engineering) - 2016
  • James Walter Van Dam (Physics) - 1992
    • Citation: For basic works in ballooning mode theory and the interaction or energetic particles with plasmas, where essential criteria where obtained for attaining stability in apparently MHD unstable systems.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • François Waelbroeck (Physics) - 2007
    Citation: For his work on the effect of velocity shear on ballooning modes, on the formation of current ribbons, and on the effect of the polarization current in magnetic islands.
    Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • John Craig Wheeler (Astronomy) - 2007
    • Citation: In recognition of his work on supernova astrophysics and related topics. Throughout his career, Wheeler has synthesized disparate areas and thus catalyzed new research directions.
    • Nominated by: Division of Astrophysics
  • Henry Vernon Wong (Institute for Fusion Studies) - 1988
    • Citation: For formal and applied application of Hamiltonian stability techniques to numerous complex plasma systems including tandem mirrors, EBT, and free electron lasers.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Alan James Wootton (Center for High Energy Density Science) - 1997
    • Citation: For extraordinary leadership in the experimental investigation and understanding of turbulent processes in tokamaks and for guiding the development of new methods for diagnosing tokamak plasmas.
    • Nominated by: Division of Plasma Physics
  • Robert Eugene Wyatt (Chemistry) - 1989
    • Citation: For fundamental contributions to the theoretical chemical dynamics, particularly quantum mechanical reactive scattering and laser-molecule energy transfer.
    • Nominated by: Division of Chemical Physics
  • Xiaoyang Zhu (Chemistry) - 2011
    • Citation: For pioneering investigations of surface molecular structure, electronic band alignment, and femtosecond electron and nuclear dynamics at molecule-solid interfaces, including applications to surface photochemistry, molecular electronics, and solar energy conversion.
    • Nominated by: Division of Chemical Physics

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Beckman Young Investigators

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to program-related, non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Beckman Young Investigators

  • Angela M. Belcher (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 2000
  • Christopher Bielawski (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 2007
  • David A. Laude (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1991
  • Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo (Chemical Engineering) - 2005
  • Lara K. Mahal (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 2004
  • Jason B. Shear (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1997

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The British Academy

The British Academy Fellowship is over 900 scholars elected for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences. Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 42 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved academic distinction as reflected in scholarly research activity and publication. Others based overseas can also be elected as Corresponding Fellows, and, in addition, the Academy can elect Honorary Fellows.


This is the major category of Fellowship at the Academy. Fellows are scholars who have 'attained distinction in any of the branches of study which it is the object of the Academy to promote' – i.e. the humanities and the social sciences. Election is a mark of distinction, as only a very small number of scholars in any field are elected. Scholars must be habitually resident in the UK at the time of election.

Up to forty-two elections are made in each year to the Fellowship. There are now over 900 Fellows.

Corresponding Fellows

Corresponding Fellows are scholars outside the UK who have 'attained high international standing in any of the branches of study which it is the object of the Academy to promote'. Some familarity with research in the UK is valuable, in order to facilitate a contribution to the work of the Academy, e.g. through assessments of candidates for election.

Up to fifteen elections are made in each year to the Corresponding Fellowship. There are now over 300 Corresponding Fellows.

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows are expected to have 'contributed signally to the promotion of the purposes for which the Academy was founded', either as persons of academic distinction in other fields whose work has a bearing on the humanities or social sciences; or as leading figures or philanthropists who have themselves done distinguished work in the Academy's field's of interest or promoted or advanced the causes for which the Academy was founded.

Up to two Honorary Fellows may be elected in any one year. There are currently 21 Honorary Fellows.

Fellows, Corresponding Fellows and Honorary Fellows

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Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances. Established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, the Foundation became a memorial to both men when Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. Throughout its history the Foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Teacher-Scholar Award Winners

  • Christopher W. Bielawski (Chemistry and Biochemistry) - 2008
  • Michael J. Krische (Chemistry) - 2003

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David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Foundation supports leaders and institutions working to achieve a biologically rich, sustainable world where all families can plan for their children and all children reach their potential.

In 1988, the Packard Foundation established the Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.

Science and Engineering Fellowship Recipients

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Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award

The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances. Established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, the Foundation became a memorial to both men when Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. Throughout its history the Foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation supports the scholarly activity of new faculty in Ph.D.-granting departments with an award to help initiate their independent research programs. The New Faculty Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $50,000 that is generally approved before the new faculty members formally begin their first tenure-track appointments.

New Faculty Award Winners

  • Hal Alper (Chemical Engineering) - 2008
  • Eric V. Anslyn (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1989
  • David A. Vanden Bout (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1997

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Enrico Fermi Award

The Fermi Award is a Presidential award and is one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology honors bestowed by the U.S. Government. The Enrico Fermi Award is given to encourage excellence in research in energy science and technology benefiting mankind; to recognize scientists, engineers, and science policymakers who have given unstintingly over their careers to advance energy science and technology; and to inspire people of all ages through the examples of Enrico Fermi, and the Fermi Award laureates who followed in his footsteps, to explore new scientific and technological horizons.

A Fermi Award winner receives a citation signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Energy, a gold medal bearing the likeness of Enrico Fermi, and an honorarium of $50,000. In the event the Award is given to more than one individual in the same year, the recipients share the honorarium equally. The Fermi Award is administered on behalf of the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Fermi Award Winners

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

HHMI is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems. Headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, HHMI employs more than 3,000 individuals across the United States. In fiscal year 2012, HHMI invested $695 million in U.S. research and provided $78 million in grants and other support for science education.

HHMI Investigators

The current group of HHMI investigators includes 17 Nobel laureates and 172 members of the National Academy of Sciences. HHMI urges its researchers to take risks, explore unproven avenues, and embrace the unknown—even if it means uncertainty or the chance of failure. They identify and pursue significant biological questions in a rigorous and deep manner. They develop new tools and methods that enable creative experimental approaches to biological questions, when necessary bringing to bear concepts or techniques from other disciplines. They forge links between basic biology and medicine, opening new pathways for disease diagnosis and drug discovery.

By employing scientists as investigators rather than awarding them grants for specific research projects, HHMI provides its researchers long-term, flexible funding that gives them the freedom to explore and, if necessary, change direction. HHMI investigators have support to follow their ideas through to fruition, even if that process takes a very long time. Our philosophy of selecting “people, not projects” seeks researchers who bring innovative approaches to the study of many different biological problems through the biomedical disciplines of genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience as well as adjacent fields of biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Plant scientists, experimental evolutionary biologists, and patient-oriented researchers are also in the ranks of current investigators.

HHMI Investigators

  • Tanya Paull (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology) - 2008

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Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.

Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM.


The IOM is renowned for its research program, but it is also an honorific organization with more than 1,900 members and foreign associates who donate their time to put their knowledge and expertise to work for the nation’s health.

Each year, the full membership elects up to 70 new members and 10 foreign associates to the IOM. Members are elected for their excellence and professional achievement in a field relevant to the IOM's mission and for their willingness to participate actively in its work. These individuals represent not only the health care professions but also the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as law, administration, engineering, and the humanities.

For those at the top of their field, membership in the IOM reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service.


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Japan Prize

The Japan Prize is a prestigious international award presented to individuals whose original and outstanding achievements are not only scientifically impressive, but have also served to promote peace and prosperity for all mankind.  The Prize is awarded by the Japan Prize Foundation. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded 81 people from 13 countries.

The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and prosperity of mankind.  Each year two fields of scientific endeavor are honored. The Japan Prize laureates receive a certificate of merit and a prize medal. A cash prize of 50 million yen is also awarded for each prize field.

Japan Prize Winners

  • John B. Goodenough (Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering) - 2001
  • C. Grant Willson (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering) - 2013

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John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships

United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.


  • Roger D. Abrahams (English) - 1965
  • Robert H. Abzug (History) - 2000
  • Richard N. Adams (Anthropology) - 1973
  • Walter S. Adkins (Bureau of Economic Geology) - 1931
  • Ricardo Ainslie (Educational Psychology) - 2010
  • George G. Arnakis* (History) - 1959
  • Barbara Becker-Cantarino (Germanic Languages) - 1985
  • Douglas G. Biow (French & Italian) - 2006
  • David P. Bloch* (Botany) - 1964
  • Beverly M. Boyd (English) - 1969
  • Troy Brauntuch (Art & Art History) - 2004
  • Sarah J. Broadie (Philosophy) - 1986
  • Suzanne Shelton Buckley (American Studies) - 1986
  • Guy L. Bush (Zoology) - 1977
  • Alan Campion (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 2001
  • Donald S. Carne-Ross (Classics) - 1962
  • Joseph C. Carter (Classical Archaeology) - 1994 
  • Evan B. Carton (English) - 1990
  • John R. Clarke (Art & Art History) - 2002
  • Clarence L. Cline* (English) - 1974
  • Alan H. Cowley (Chemistry) - 1976
  • Alfred W. Crosby, Jr. (American Studies) - 1987
  • Diana K. Davis (Middle Eastern Studies) - 2007
  • David J. DeLaura* (English) - 1967
  • Bryce S. DeWitt* (Physics) - 1975
  • J. Frank Dobie* (English) - 1932
  • Frank N. Edmonds, Jr.* (Astronomy) - 1962
  • Miguel Enguídanos (Romance Languages) - 1964
  • Eldon E. Ferguson (University Research Institute) - 1960
  • Sheila M. Fitzpatrick (History) - 1987
  • Neil Foley (History) - 2007
  • Alison K. Frazier (History) - 2005
  • Daniel S. Freed (Mathematics) - 2002
  • Lynn R. Freed (English) - 1990
  • Michael Gagarin (Classics) - 2002 
  • Frank J. Gagliano (Drama) - 1974
  • G. Karl Galinsky (Classics) - 1972
  • Andrew S. Garrison (Radio-Television-Film) - 1999
  • Albert Goldbarth (English) - 1983
  • Cameron M. Gordon (Mathematics) - 1999
  • Richard Graham (History) - 1972
  • Donald J. Grantham (School of Music) - 1990
  • Ricardo Gullón* (Spanish & Portuguese) - 1969
  • Lars Gustafsson (Germanic Studies) - 1993
  • Terrell H. Hamilton (Zoology) - 1964
  • George W. D. Hamlett (Zoology) - 1936
  • David Hayman (English) - 1958
  • Linda D. Henderson (Art & Art History) - 1988
  • C. John Herington (Classics) - 1968
  • Richard H. Hoppin (School of Music) - 1959
  • Don Howard (Radio-Television-Film) - 2011
  • Howard Mumford Jones (English) - 1932
  • Aaron Van Jordan (English) - 2007
  • Deborah Anne Kapchan (Anthropology & Archeology) - 2000
  • Mark A. Kirkpatrick (Integrative Biology) - 1997
  • Arthur Kreutz (School of Music) - 1943
  • Bernth Lindfors (English) - 2000 
  • Hilda F. Lund (Zoology) - 1939
  • Leland S. McClung (Bacteriology) - 1939
  • Reginald C. McGrane (History) - 1930
  • Hermann Joseph Muller* (Zoology) - 1932
  • Susan J. Napier (Asian Studies) - 1998
  • J. Patrick Olivelle (Asian Studies) - 1996
  • Mitko Panov (Radio-Television-Film) - 2004
  • Richard H. Pells (History) - 1993
  • Russell Pinkston (School of Music) - 1999 
  • Kevin Matthew Puts (School of Music) - 2001
  • Wayne A. Rebhorn (English) - 1992
  • Hyder Edward Rollins (English) - 1926
  • Peter J. Rossky (Chemistry and Biochemistry) - 1997
  • Michael J. Ryan (Integrative Biology) - 1997
  • Peter Saul (Art & Art History) - 1993
  • Martha Ann Selby (Asian Studies) - 2004
  • Jonathan H. Shannon (Anthropology) - 2009
  • Clark Harris Slover (English) - 1925
  • Jeffrey Chipps Smith (Art & Art History) - 1998 
  • Ellen Spiro (Radio-Television-Film) - 2004
  • George Ward Stocking (Economics) - 1931
  • Peter Stone (Computer Science) - 2008
  • Claudio Teitelboim (Physics) - 1982
  • Arturo Torres-Rioseco (Spanish & Portuguese) - 1928
  • Karen K. Uhlenbeck (Mathematics) - 2001 
  • Eric J. Van Young (History) - 2011
  • Harry Shultz Vandiver (Mathematics) - 1927
  • David J. Wallace (English) - 2009
  • Tandy Warnow (Computer Science) - 2010
  • Walter Prescott Webb (History) - 1938
  • Dixon Wecter (English) - 1942
  • Dan Welcher (School of Music) - 1997
  • Alexandra Wettlaufer (French & Italian) - 2014
  • Harold Whitehall (English) - 1939
  • Gordon Thomas Whyburn (Mathematics) - 1929
  • Raymond Louis Wilder (Mathematics) - 1940
  • William B. Worthen (English) - 1989
  • Jack Xin (Mathematics) - 2003
  • David Zuckerman (Computer Science) - 2004
    * deceased

Visit the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships website.

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Leroy P. Steele Prizes

Each year, The Steele Prize is awarded in the following categories:

The Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement is awarded for the cumulative influence of the total mathematical work of the recipient, high level of research over a period of time, particular influence on the development of a field, and influence on mathematics through Ph.D. students.

The Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded for a book or substantial survey or expository research paper.

The Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research is awarded for a paper, whether recent or not, that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field, or a model of important research.

Steele Prize Winners

Visit the Leroy P. Steele Prizes website.

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MacArthur Fellows Program

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

Since 1981, 897 MacArthur Fellows have been named from across numerous fields of human endeavor. Many Fellows work across multiple disciplines or move their work from one field to another over time.


Visit the MacArthur Fellows Program website.

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NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

NASA's most prestigious honor awards are approved by the Administrator and presented to a number of carefully selected individuals and groups of individuals, both Government and non-Government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency's mission.

Distinguished Public Service Medal (DPSM)

This is NASA's highest form of recognition that is awarded to any non-Government individual or to an individual who was not a Government employee during the period in which the service was performed, whose distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally contributed to NASA's advancement of United States' interests. The individual's achievement or contribution must demonstrate a level of excellence that has made a profound or indelible impact to NASA mission success, therefore, the contribution is so extraordinary that other forms of recognition by NASA would be inadequate.

Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (ESAM)

This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to both Government and non-Government individuals for exceptional scientific contributions (specific, concrete scientific achievements) toward achievement of the NASA mission. The award is given for individual efforts that have resulted in a key scientific discovery or resulted in contribution(s) of fundamental importance in this field or significantly enhanced understanding of the field. Scientific contributions typically result from reasoned investigations or studies of phenomena using collected data and observations, current scientific theories and formulae, and the scientific method and/or other formal techniques, to attain enduring principles. (A contribution that was overlooked at the time it occurred will also be considered.)

Distinguished Public Service Medal

Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

Visit the NASA Awards website.

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National Academy of Engineering

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

The NAE has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. They provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.

The NAE is a member of the National Academies, which includes the NAE, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the National Research Council (NRC)— which serves as the principal operating arm of the academies. The NAE operates under the same congressional act of incorporation that established the National Academy of Sciences, signed in 1863 by President Lincoln. Under this charter the NAE is directed "whenever called upon by any department or agency of the government, to investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art."

National Academy of Engineering Members

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National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

The NAI Fellows Program has 582 Fellows worldwide representing more than 190 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 20,000 issued U.S. patents. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

NAI Fellows

  • Joseph J. Beaman, Jr., 2014
  • George Georgiou, 2015
  • Robert M. Metcalfe, 2013
  • Thomas E. Milner, 2015
  • Nicholas A. Peppas, 2014
  • Jonathan L. Sessler,2015

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National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the public good.

An Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 at the height of the Civil War, calls upon the NAS to provide independent advice to the government on matters related to science and technology. The National Research Council was created under the NAS charter in 1916 to extend the scope of the NAS in its advisory role. The National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine were organized under the NAS charter in 1964 and 1970, respectively.

National Academy of Sciences Members

  • James J. Bull (Integrative Biology) - 2016
  • Richard W. Aldrich (Neurobiology) - 2008
  • Abram Amsel* (Psychology) - 1992
  • Paul F. Barbara* (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 2006
  • Allen J. Bard (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1982
  • R. H. Bing* (Mathematics) - 1965
  • Harold C. Bold* (Botany) - 1973
  • Karl W. Butzer (Geography) - 1996
  • Luis A. Caffarelli (Mathematics) - 1991
  • Bryce S. DeWitt* (Physics) - 1990
  • Robert E. Dickinson (Geological Sciences) - 1988
  • Karl Folkers* (Chemistry) - 1948
  • Wilson S. Geisler III (Psychology) - 2008
  • John B. Goodenough (Mechanical Engineering) - 2012
  • Verne E. Grant* (Botany) - 1968
  • David M. Hillis (Integrative Biology) - 2008
  • Thomas J.R. Hughes (Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics) - 2009
  • Alan M. Lambowitz (Molecular Genetics & Microbiology) - 2004
  • Allan H. MacDonald (Physics) - 2010
  • Nancy A. Moran (Integrative Biology) - 2004
  • Hermann J. Muller* (Biology) - 1931
  • Jack E. Myers* (Zoology) - 1975
  • Theophilus S. Painter* (Zoology) - 1938
  • John T. Patterson* (Zoology) - 1941
  • William H. Press (Computer Science) - 1994
  • Lester J. Reed* (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1973
  • Peter J. Rossky (Chemistry) - 2011
  • Esmond E. Snell* (Microbiology) - 1955
  • Richard C. Starr* (Botany) - 1976
  • Harry L. Swinney (Physics) - 1992
  • John T. Tate (Mathematics) - 1969
  • Karen K. Uhlenbeck (Mathematics) - 1986
  • H. S. Vandiver* (Mathematics) - 1934
  • Gérard de Vaucouleurs* (Astronomy) - 1986
  • Steven Weinberg (Physics & Astronomy) - 1972
  • Roger J. Williams* (Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute) - 1946
    * deceased

Visit the National Academy of Sciences website.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Fellowship Recipients

Summer Stipend Recipients

Visit the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships website.

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National Medal of Science

The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.

A Committee of 12 scientists and engineers is appointed by the President to evaluate the nominees for the Award. Since its establishment, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 468 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development.

Medal Recipients

  • Allen J. Bard (Chemistry) - 2013
  • Karl Folkers* (Chemistry) - 1990
  • John B. Goodenough (Mechanical Engineering) - 2013
  • Norman Hackerman* (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1993
  • Karen K. Uhlenbeck (Mathematics) - 2000
  • Steven Weinberg (Physics) - 1991
  • John A. Wheeler* (Physics) - 1970
    * deceased

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National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States on America's leading innovators.

The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. The purpose of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is to recognize those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the nation's technological workforce.

By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the medal is also meant to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.

Medal Recipients

  • Adam Heller (Chemical Engineering) - 2007
  • George Kozmetsky* (IC2 Institute) - 1993
  • C. Grant Willson (Chemical Engineering) - 2007
    * deceased

Visit the National Medal of Technology and Innovation website.

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National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $7.0 billion (FY 2012), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. This award is presented by the Office of Science and Technology Policy on behalf of the White House. Seven U.S. government departments and two independent agencies participate in this program.

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, aka Presidential Young Investigators

  • Dean R. Appling (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1998, 1999
  • Nigel Atkinson (Neurobiology, Section of) - 1998, 1999
  • Sanjay K. Banerjee (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1988
  • Joseph J. Beaman, Jr. (Mechanical Engineering) - 1984
  • Theodore L. Bergman (Mechanical Engineering) - 1986
  • Franklin H. Bronson (Integrative Biology) - 1999
  • Karen S. Browning (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Michael D. Bryant (Mechanical Engineering) - 1985
  • Ilene J. Bush-Vishniac (Mechanical Engineering) - 1985
  • Mirela Çiperiani (Mathematics) - 2014
  • David P. Crews (Integrative Biology) - 1996, 1998, 1999
  • Dennis G. Deppe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1991
  • Robert Dudley (Integrative Biology) - 1999
  • Christine Duvauchelle (Pharmacy) - 1999
  • Gary P. Freeman (Integrative Biology) - 1996, 1998
  • George Georgiou (Chemical Engineering) - 1987
  • Boyd A. Hadesty (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1997
  • Mark F. Hamilton (Mechanical Engineering) - 1986
  • David W. Hoffman (Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology) - 1996, 1997
  • Robert K. Jansen (Integrative Biology) - 1999
  • Makkuni Jayaram (Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology) - 1996, 1997
  • Josef A. Kas (Physics) - 1998, 1999
  • Mark A. Kirkpatrick (Integrative Biology) - 1999
  • William J. Koros (Chemical Engineering) - 1984
  • Stelios Kyriakides (Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics) - 1984
  • Desmond F. Lawler (Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering) - 1985
  • Hao Ling (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1987
  • Christine M. Maziar (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1990
  • Mona Mehdy (Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology) - 1996, 1998
  • Ian J. Molineux (Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology) - 1996, 1997
  • Charles B. Mullins (Chemical Engineering) - 1991
  • Dean P. Neikirk (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1986
  • Jose L. Panero (Integrative Biology) - 1999
  • John A. Pearce (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1985
  • James B. Rawlings (Chemical Engineering) - 1989
  • Rebecca Richard-Kortum (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1991
  • Austen F. Riggs II (Neurobiology, Section of) - 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Jon D. Robertus (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1996, 1997
  • Stanley J. Roux (Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology) - 1998, 1999
  • Michael J. Ryan (Integrative Biology) - 1996, 1998, 1999
  • Juan A. Salinas (Psychology) - 1998
  • Galen H. Sasaki (Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 1989
  • Christine E. Schmidt (Chemical Engineering) - 1998
  • Beryl B. Simpson (Integrative Biology) - 1999
  • Michael C. Singer (Integrative Biology) - 1999
  • Peter Thomas (Marine Science) - 1999
  • Wesley J. Thompson (Neurobiology, Section of) - 1996
  • Peter D. Vize (Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology) - 1998, (Integrative Biology) - 1996
  • David I. Zuckerman (Computer Science) - 1994

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

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Nobel Prize

Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award.

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Hermann J. Muller* (Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology) - 1946
    • Affiliation at the time of the award: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
  • Ilya Prigogine* (Nobel Prize in Chemistry) - 1977
    • Affiliation at the time of the award: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
  • Steven Weinberg (Nobel Prize in Physics) - 1979
    • Affiliation at the time of the award: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

    * deceased

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ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

As a consortium of major Ph.D.–granting academic institutions, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance the scientific research and education enterprise of our nation.

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Award Winners

Visit the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards website.

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Pew Scholars
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. Scholars also gain inclusion into a select community of scientists that includes three Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows and recipients of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award.

Pew Scholars

  • Andrew D. Ellington (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1994
  • Paul M. Macdonald (Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology, Section of) - 1990
  • Nicholas J. Priebe (Neurobiology, Section of) - 2009

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Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

2016 nominees:

Department of Defense
Deji Akinwande, University of Texas-Austin

Department of Energy
Keji Lai, University of Texas-Austin

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Prix de Rome Award

The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars, after an application process that begins in the fall of each year. The winners, announced in the spring, are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. The encounter with Rome represents now, as it has done since the Academy’s inception, something unique: a chance for American artists and scholars to spend significant time interacting and working in one of the oldest, most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The richness of Rome’s artistic and cultural legacy and its power to stimulate creative thinking served as the initial impetus for the Academy’s founding. Today, those tendencies live on, transformed as ever by the dynamism of the Academy’s constantly evolving community. The community includes Fellows, Residents, Visiting Artists and Scholars, and, come June, members of academic Summer Programs.

Rome Prize Winners

  • Paola Bonifazio (French & Italian) - 2011
  • Kevin Puts (School of Music) - 2001

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Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize  is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award.

The formal announcement of the prizes, made each April, states that the awards are made by the president of  Columbia University on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize board. This formulation is derived from the Pulitzer will, which established Columbia as the seat of the administration of the prizes. Today, in fact, the independent board makes all the decisions relative to the prizes. In his will Pulitzer bestowed an endowment on Columbia of $2,000,000 for the establishment of a School of Journalism, one-fourth of which was to be "applied to prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature, and the advancement of education."

Pulitzer Prize Winners

  • Glenn Frankel (School of Journalism) - 1989
  • William H. Goetzmann* (History, American Studies) - 1967
  • David M. Oshinsky (History) - 2006
    * deceased

Visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

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The Royal Society

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas. The Royal Society is the national Academy of science in the UK, and its core is its Fellowship and Foreign Membership, supported by a dedicated staff in London and elsewhere. The Fellowship comprises the most eminent scientists of the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth.

Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Each year up to 10 new Foreign Members are elected by existing Fellows. There are currently about 140 Foreign Members. Eligibility to become a Fellow is usually restricted to people who are British or Irish nationals or who are citizens of a Commonwealth country or work in a Commonwealth country. Other candidates who are eminent for their scientific discoveries and attainments are eligible for proposal as candidates for Foreign Membership.

Fellowship of the Royal Society: Fellows and Foreign Members

  • Alan H. Cowley (Chemistry) - 1988
  • John B. Goodenough (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering) - 2010
  • Philip D. Magnus (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1985
  • Steven Weinberg (Physics) - 1981

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Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research instituion . Today, 155 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, 512 Scholars have been named and over $111 million has been awarded.

Searle Scholars

  • Richard W. Aldrich (Neuroscience) - 1984
  • Eric V. Anslyn (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1991
  • Guangbin Dong (Chemistry) - 2013
  • Ila P. Fiete (Neuroscience) - 2010
  • Brent L. Iverson (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1991
  • Jason B. Shear (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1998
  • Wesley J. Thompson (Neurology, Section of) - 1981

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Vannevar Bush Award

The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. The award was established in 1980 in the memory of Vannevar Bush, who served as a science advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II, helped to establish Federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority during peacetime, and was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation.

Award Recipients

  • Norman Hackerman* (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1993
    * deceased

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Welch Award in Chemistry

The Welch Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the United States’ oldest and largest private funding sources for basic chemical research.  Since its founding in 1954, the organization has contributed to the advancement of chemistry through research grants, departmental programs, endowed chairs, and other special projects at educational institutions in Texas. The Foundation hosts an annual chemical research conference in Houston that attracts hundreds of the leading chemists and sponsors the Welch Award in Chemistry.

The purpose of The Welch Award in Chemistry is to foster and encourage basic chemical research and to recognize, in a substantial manner, the value of chemical research contributions for the benefit of mankind.

Any person can be considered for the award who has made important chemical research contributions which have had a significant, positive influence on mankind.  The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not previously been rewarded in a similar manner.  The monetary amount of the award is $300,000.

Award Recipients

  • Allen J. Bard (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 2004
  • Karl A. Folkers* (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1972
  • Delia J. Milliron (Chemical Engineering) - 2017
    * deceased

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Wolf Prize

Since 1978, five or six prizes have been awarded annually in the Sciences. Prize fields comprise: AGRICULTURE, CHEMISTRY, MATHEMATICS, MEDICINE and PHYSICS. In the Arts, the prize rotates annually among ARCHITECTURE, MUSIC, PAINTING and SCULPTURE.

The prize in each field consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $100,000. In the event of two or three recipients sharing the prize, the honorarium is divided equally. To date, a total of 253 scientists and artists from 23 countries have been honored. Laureates receive their awards from the President of the State of Israel. The prize presentation takes place at a special ceremony at the Knesset Building (Israel´s Parliament), in Jerusalem.

Prize Recipients

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