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Nationís Top Scientists and Innovators of 2012

By December 22, 2012

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The National Medal of Technology and InnovationPresident Obama today (12/22/12) named twelve researchers as recipients of the† National Medal of Science and eleven 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. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony in early 2013.

"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." Learn more about the Award and application process.

This year's (2012) recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

  • Dr. Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology, CA
  • Dr. George Carruthers, U.S. Naval Research Lab, DC
  • Dr. Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • Dr. Norman McCombs, AirSep Corporation, NY
  • Dr. Gholam Peyman, Arizona Retinal Specialists, AZ
  • Dr. Art Rosenfeld, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA
  • Dr. Jan Vilcek, NYU Langone Medical Center, NY
  • The team of Dr. Samuel Blum, Dr. Rangaswamy Srinivasan, and Dr. James Wynne, all of the IBM Corporation, NY
  • The company of Raytheon BBN Technologies, MA, *Represented by CEO, Edward Campbell

This year's (2012) recipients of the National Medal of Science

  • Dr. Allen Bard, University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • Dr. Sallie Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • Dr. Sidney Drell, Stanford University, CA
  • Dr. Sandra Faber, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Dr. Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD
  • Dr. Solomon Golomb, University of Southern California, CA
  • Dr. John Goodenough, University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • Dr. M. Frederick Hawthorne, University of Missouri, MO
  • Dr. Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology, WA
  • Dr. Barry Mazur, Harvard University, MA
  • Dr. Lucy Shapiro, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
  • Dr. Anne Treisman, Princeton University, NJ
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