Join President Obama as he awards 17 individuals with the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation—the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.
Watch the ceremony live from the White House at WH.gov/live on Thursday, May 19 at 2:30pm ET. And, follow along on social media at #STEMmedals.
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The President receives nominations from a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, and the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness, quality of life, and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. A distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors submits recommendations for the award to the President.
The new Medals recipients are:
National Medal of Science
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Jo Handelsman is Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.