Awards & Winners

Francis Collins

Date of Birth 14-April-1950
Place of Birth Staunton city
(Virginia, Staunton-Waynesboro, VA Micropolitan Statistical Area, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Francis Sellers Collins, Francis S. Collins
Profession Geneticist, Author, Scientist, Physician
Francis Sellers Collins is an American physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He currently serves as Director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Before being appointed Director of NIH, Collins led the HGP and other pioneering genomics research initiatives as Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of NIH's 27 institutes and centers. Before joining NHGRI, he earned a reputation as an innovative gene hunter at the University of Michigan. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science. Collins also has written a number of books on science, medicine, and spirituality, including the New York Times bestseller, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. After leaving the helm of NHGRI and before becoming Director of NIH, he founded and served as president of the BioLogos Foundation, which promotes discourse on the relationship between science and religion and advocates the perspective that belief in Christianity can be reconciled with acceptance of evolution and science. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Collins to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Awards by Francis Collins

Check all the awards nominated and won by Francis Collins.


National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences
(For his visionary contributions to the fields of genetics and genomics through the work of his own laboratory and his leadership of multiple international genomics initiatives, including the Human Genome Project.)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For his outstanding leadership in the Human Genome Project and particularly for the international effort to map and sequence the human and other genomes.)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For contributions to the identification of the gene for cystic fibrosis.)