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American Chemical Society members win National Medals

American Chemical Society

WASHINGTON-- Four eminent American Chemical Society (ACS) members are among a new class of 11 recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medals are the highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. They were awarded November 20.

"It is a pleasure to congratulate these members of the American Chemical Society for their spectacular achievement," said Madeleine Jacobs, ACS Executive Director and CEO. "Their success is a matter of great pride for all ACS members, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors."

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959. Awarded annually, the medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness and quality of life and have helped strengthen the nation's technological workforce.

The ACS members receiving medals are:

2014 National Medal of Science

  • Judith P. Klinman, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA
    • For her discoveries of fundamental chemical and physical principles underlying enzyme catalysis and her leadership in the community of scientists.

  • Jerrold Meinwald, Ph.D., Cornell University, NY
    • For applying chemical principles and techniques to studies of plant and insect defense and communication, and for his seminal role in establishing chemical ecology as a core discipline important to agriculture, forestry, medicine, and environmental science.

2014 National Medal of Technology and Innovation

  • Edith M. Flanigen, UOP, LLC, a Honeywell Company, NY
    • For innovations in the fields of silicate chemistry, the chemistry of zeolites, and molecular sieve materials.

  • Cherry A. Murray, Ph.D., Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, MA
    • For contributions to the advancement of devices for telecommunications, the use of light for studying matter, and for leadership in the development of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce in the United States.

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