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LAUREATES


2014 BOWER AWARD AND PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE

Edmund M. Clarke, Ph.D. (bio)
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Citation: The 2014 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is presented to Edmund Clarke for his leading role in the conception and development of techniques for automatically verifying the correctness of a broad array of computer systems, including those found in transportation, communications, and medicine.



2014 BOWER AWARD FOR BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

William W. George (bio)
Harvard Business School
Boston, Massachusetts


Citation: For his visionary leadership of Medtronic Corporation, his promotion and writings on corporate social responsibility and leadership, as well as his extraordinary philanthropic contributions to education and health care through The George Family Foundation.



2014 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MEDAL IN CHEMISTRY

Christopher T. Walsh, Ph.D. (bio)
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts


Citation: The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry is awarded to Christopher Walsh for seminal studies at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine that revolutionized the development of antibiotics for the treatment of disease and provided the foundation for the new field of Chemical Biology.



2014 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MEDAL IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Shunichi Iwasaki, Ph.D. (bio)
Tohoku Institute of Technology
Sendai, Japan


Citation: The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering is awarded to Shunichi Iwasaki and Mark Kryder for the development and realization of the system of Perpendicular Magnetic Recording, which has enabled a dramatic increase in the storage capacity of computer-readable media.



2014 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MEDAL IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Mark Kryder, Ph.D. (bio)
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Citation: The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering is awarded to Shunichi Iwasaki and Mark Kryder for the development and realization of the system of Perpendicular Magnetic Recording, which has enabled a dramatic increase in the storage capacity of computer-readable media.



2014 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MEDAL IN EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Lisa Tauxe, Ph.D. (bio)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California


Citation: The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science is awarded to Lisa Tauxe for the development of observational techniques and theoretical models providing an improved understanding of the behavior of, and variations in intensity of, the Earth's magnetic field through geologic time.



2014 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MEDAL IN LIFE SCIENCE

Joachim Frank, Ph.D. (bio)
Columbia University
New York, New York


Citation: The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science is awarded to Joachim Frank for the development of Cryo-Electron Microscopy, for using this technology to investigate the structure of large organic molecules at high resolution, and for discoveries regarding the mechanism of protein synthesis in cells.



2014 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MEDAL IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Ali H. Nayfeh, Ph.D. (bio)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia


Citation: The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering is presented to Ali Nayfeh for the development of novel methods to model complex engineering systems in structural dynamics, acoustics, fluid mechanics and electromechanical systems.



2014 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MEDAL IN PHYSICS

Daniel Kleppner, Ph.D. (bio)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Citation: The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics is awarded to Daniel Kleppner for many pioneering contributions to discoveries of novel quantum phenomena involving the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic fields and the behavior of atoms at ultra-low temperatures.





OVERVIEW

History

Founded in 1824, along with the The Franklin Institute, The Franklin Institute's Awards Program has long been recognized as the oldest, and most comprehensive science and technology honor bestowed in the country and around the world. At the time, Philadelphia was the nation's largest city and a noted center of innovation and manufacturing. While The Franklin Institute was initially established to train artisans and mechanics in the fundamentals of science, it soon began arranging a series of regular exhibitions of manufactured goods, along with the presentation of awards to recognize excellence in those areas.

In 1874 the all-volunteer Franklin Institute Committee on Science and the Arts began selecting Franklin Institute Award recipients. The Committee continues its work to this day, recognizing the fields of chemistry, computer and cognitive sciences, earth and environmental science, engineering, life science and physics through the Benjamin Franklin Medals. The Franklin Institute Awards are among the oldest and most prestigious science awards in the world, with winners recognized for their formidable and ground-breaking contributions to science.

Supplementing the Benjamin Franklin Medals are the two newest Franklin Institute Awards: the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science and the Bower Award for Business Leadership. Begun in 1990, the Bower Awards were made possible by a $7.5 million bequest from the noted Philadelphia chemical engineer Henry Bower. One of the most robust science prizes in the country, the Bower Award for Achievement in Science carries a cash prize of $250,000.

Laureates of The Franklin Institute are brought to Philadelphia each April for a weeklong series of events and activities aimed at connecting and celebrating the Laureates' remarkable accomplishments with area students and the community. The unique series of events culminates with a grand awards ceremony and elegant dinner, befitting the honor and distinction of this historic awards program.

The list of Franklin Institute Awards Laureates is a roster of science and technology's most important and influential names over the last two centuries, men and women who have deepened human knowledge at both the basic and the applied levels. This list includes Albert Einstein, Rudolph Diesel, Marie and Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison, Jane Goodall, Orville Wright, Stephen Hawking, and Jacques Cousteau, just to name a few.

Mission

The Franklin Institute's mission is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning. Encouraging excellence and recognizing the far reaching impact of the laureates' achievements is one important way to preserve the legacy of Benjamin Franklin.

Through the Franklin Institute Awards, The Franklin Institute seeks to broaden public awareness and encourage an understanding of the world of science and technology. The celebrated work is evaluated on the basis of uncommon insight, skill and creativity, as well as its ability to impact the future or have some public benefit. In addition to celebrating the 'Franklins' of today, The Franklin Institute hopes to also inspire and influence the innovation of the 'Franklins' of tomorrow.



DOCUMENTS

The Franklin Institute announces Awards Week events. (pdf)

The Franklin Institute announces the 2014 Franklin Award Laureates. (pdf)

Overview of The Franklin Institute Awards (pdf)


EVENTS

The Franklin Institute Awards Week 2014 is scheduled for April 21-25, 2014.

The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014.



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