As the oldest comprehensive science and technology awards program in the United States, The Franklin Institute Awards has honored more than 2,000 of the most impactful scientists, engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs since its inception in 1824. We are delighted to induct this year’s class of Franklin Institute laureates—recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medals, the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, and the Bower Award for Business Leadership—into this unparalleled legacy. Our nine extraordinary medalists are modern-day exemplars of Franklin’s ingenuity and pioneering spirit.
Philippe Horvath: 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
Anne M. Mulcahy: 2018 Bower Award for Business Leadership
John B. Goodenough: 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry
Vinton Gray Cerf and Robert E. Kahn: 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science
Susan Trumbore: 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science
Manijeh Razeghi: 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering
Adrian Bejan: 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering
Helen Rhoda Quinn: 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics
These trailblazers of science, engineering, and business developed technologies that lie at the foundation of the Internet and launched the wireless communications revolution. Their discoveries have made today’s exciting advancements in genome editing and optoelectronics possible. Their work helps us better understand our planet and the very nature of the universe. Their achievements are creating a better future for all of us.
The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018. For event information, click here.
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Every spring, the newest class of Franklin Institute laureates gathers in Philadelphia for a week-long celebration of their achievements. Awards Week features educational opportunities for learners of all ages, including symposia, lectures, and hands-on demonstrations. Awards Week culminates in The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner, at which gold medals are bestowed upon the laureates.
The Franklin Institute invites you to nominate candidates for the Bower Award for Business Leadership, the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, and the Benjamin Franklin Medals.
For 194 years (77 years longer than the Nobel Prizes), The Franklin Institute has been recognizing scientists and engineers who changed our lives. Our lives would not be the same without this year’s recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medals in Science and Engineering.
The long, distinguished history of The Franklin Institute Awards Program dates back to 1824. Learn more about some of our notable laureates.
Learn more about The Franklin Institute's 2018 laureates and Awards Week events by downloading our 2018 Awards and Convocation pdf.