The 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
Theme: Perturbations of Natural Systems in the Anthropocene
Prize: $250,000 USD
Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2016
The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding and quantifying perturbations of natural systems within the biosphere, atmosphere, or hydrosphere in the age of the Anthropocene. Nominations should recognize fundamental contributions that emphasize large-scale modeling or synthesis of observational data in order to provide insights into these systems within the recent past and into the near future. Such insights may come from investigating time scales of minutes to millennia and study across multiple disciplines. Nominations must clearly indicate the scientific impact of the nominee’s work, whether conceptual, technical, or integrative.
- This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding and quantifying perturbations of natural systems in the age of the Anthropocene.
- This award and prize must be presented to an individual, as specified by the will of Henry Bower.
- Candidates for the award must be living, and the winner must participate in The Franklin Institute Awards Week programs, to be held April 24–28, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
- Self-nominations are accepted.
An email of intent to nominate sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2016 is appreciated.
Nominations must be submitted in English and must include:
- Name, occupational address, phone, and email of nominee
- Name, occupational address, phone, and email of nominator
- Nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography of significant and relevant publications
- Proposed citation limited to 50 words
- Narrative statement describing the nominee’s qualifications for the award
- Four confidential letters of support requested by the nominator, sent directly to The Franklin Institute Awards Office
- Deadline for completed nominations is May 31, 2016
All nominations and supporting letters should be addressed to Frederic M. N. Bertley, Ph.D. and mailed or emailed to:
Frederic M. N. Bertley, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Science and Education
c/o Beth Scheraga
Director of Awards Program
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1194
The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science was established in 1990 through a bequest from Philadelphia chemical manufacturer and philanthropist Henry Bower (1896–1988). The award, gold medal, and cash prize of $250,000 are presented annually to a distinguished member of the international scientific community for work in a prescribed discipline that changes each year .The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science and the Bower Award for Business Leadership are the newest in The Franklin Institute’s long history of recognizing and encouraging achievement in science, technology, and leadership. Through The Franklin Institute Awards, which today includes the Benjamin Franklin Medals, awarded in seven areas of science and engineering, and the Bower Awards, the Institute has honored more than 2,000 luminaries since 1824, representing the greatest minds of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The roster of Franklin Institute laureates reads like a Who’s Who of science and invention, including Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Rudolf Diesel, Marie and Pierre Curie, Orville Wright, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble, Enrico Fermi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jacques Cousteau, Ruth Patrick, Stephen Hawking, Ralph Cicerone, John Mather, Rob Van der Voo, Jane Goodall, Gordon Moore, Elizabeth Blackburn, Luna Leopold and M. Gordon Wolman, Steven Squyres, Wallace Broecker, George Whitesides, W. Richard Peltier, Bill Gates, Jillian Banfield, Dean Kamen, Robert Berner, Subra Suresh, and Syukuro Manabe.