2007 Bower Science Theme: Human-centered ComputingRead More
Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
Denis Parsons Burkitt graduated as a physician from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in 1935. He began training as a surgeon thereafter, and became a fellow of Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons in 1938.
Dr. Burkitt was working for the Ministry of Health in Kampala, Uganda in 1957 when he first saw an unusual lymphoma affecting the face and jaw of a child. He made a study of this affliction, and discovered that it was commonest in areas where malaria is endemic. He also found it to be associated with the presence of antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus.Read More
1997 Bower Science Award Theme: PhysiologyRead More
2000 Bower Science Award Theme: Structural Biology
A renowned researcher in the field of structural molecular biology, Alexander Rich's work furthered understanding of the roles of DNA abd RNA in heredity. In 1979, Rich and his team made a shocking discovery: "left-handed" DNA. This screw-shape form was dubbed Z-DNA, and Rich later discovered a biological role in making modifications to genetic material.Read More
Passionate about science from a young age, Isabella Karle had completed her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (all in physical chemistry) from the University of Michigan by the age of twenty-three. After serving as the first female member of the chemistry faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Karle and her husband (also a scientist, who later won a Nobel Prize) took up positions at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 1946.Read More
1998 Bower Science Award Theme: AstronomyRead More
1996 Bower Science Award Theme: Applied Mathematics/Computer Science
Frederick P. Brooks received an A.B. in Physics from Duke University in 1953, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1956.
Dr. Brooks worked for IBM Corporation, in Poughkeepsie and Yorktown, New York, from 1956 to 1965. For his pioneering work as the architect of the Stretch and Harvest computers, as well as managing the development of the System/360 computers and OS/360 software, he received a National Medal of Technology.Read More
Dr. Yang completed his B. Sc. degree at National Southwest Associated Universityin 1942, and received his M.Sc. degree in 1944 from Tsinghua University. He left China to go to the United States at the end of World War II on a Tsinghua University Fellowship, and entered the University of Chicago in January 1946. In 1957, Dr. Yang won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Dr. Yang's primary interests in physics focus on elementary particle physics; statistical mechanics; and condensed matter physics.
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2004 Bower Science Theme: The BrainRead More
2005 Bower Science Theme: Catalysis
Henri Kagan is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of asymmetric catalysis. His discoveries have had far-reaching impact on the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Kagan studied at the Sorbonne in Paris before receiving his Ph.D. from the College of France in 1960. After a nearly 40-year career at the Universite Paris-Sud in Orsay, France, he now serves as an emeritus professor. His career has spanned the world, and he continues to be an active visiting lecturer, author, and enthusiastic mentor to young chemists.Read More