Awards & Winners

2011 National Medal of Science

Check winners and nominations of 2011 National Medal of Science. Check awards winners of 2011 National Medals Ceremony. (Click on the Award name to show winners and nominees)

2011 National Medals Ceremony

National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences

Lucille Shapiro

(For the pioneering discovery that the bacterial cell is controlled by an integrated genetic circuit functioning in time and space that serves as a systems engineering paradigm underlying cell differentiation and ultimately the generation of diversity in all organisms.)
National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences

Leroy Hood

(For pioneering spirit, passion, vision, inventions, and leadership combined with unique cross-disciplinary approaches resulting in entrepreneurial ventures, transformative commercial products, and several new scientific disciplines that have challenged and transformed the fields of biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, personalized medicine, and science education.)
National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences

Sallie W. Chisholm

(For contributions to the discovery and understanding of the dominant photosynthetic organisms in the ocean, promotion of the field of microbial oceanography, and influence on marine policy and management.)
National Medal of Science for Behavioral and Social Science

Anne Treisman

(For a 50-year career of penetrating originality and depth that has led to the understanding of fundamental attentional limits in the human mind and brain.)
National Medal of Science for Chemistry

Allen J. Bard

(For contributions in electrochemistry, including electroluminescence, semiconductor photoelectrochemistry, electroanalytical chemistry, and the invention of the scanning electrochemical microscope.)
National Medal of Science for Chemistry

M. Frederick Hawthorne

(For highly creative pioneering research in inorganic, organometallic, and medicinal borane chemistry, sustained and profound contributions to scientific and technical advice related to national security, and for effective, prolific, and devoted service to the broad field of chemical sciences.)
National Medal of Science for Mathematics and Computer Science

Solomon W. Golomb

(For pioneering work in shift register sequences that changed the course of communications from analog to digital, and for numerous innovations in reliable and secure space, radar, cellular, wireless, and spread-spectrum communications.)
National Medal of Science for Mathematics and Computer Science

Barry Mazur

(For original and landmark contributions to differential topology, number theory, and arithmetic algebraic geometry, where, among other applications, his work was foundational to Wiles proof of Fermat Last Theorem, and for his dedication to communicating subtle mathematical ideas to the broader public.)
National Medal of Science for Engineering

John B. Goodenough

(For groundbreaking cathode research that led to the first commercial lithium ion battery, which has since revolutionized consumer electronics with technical applications for portable and stationary power.)
National Medal of Science for Physical Science

Sidney Drell

(For contributions to quantum field theory and quantum chromodynamics, application of science to inform national policies in security and intelligence, and distinguished contributions as an advisor to the United States Government.)
National Medal of Science for Physical Science

Sandra Faber

(For leadership in numerous path-breaking studies of extra-galactic astronomy and galaxy formation, and for oversight of the construction of important instruments, including the Keck telescopes.)
National Medal of Science for Physical Science

Sylvester James Gates

(For contributions to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field, and string theories and extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.)