WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2013 — Six eminent American Chemical Society (ACS) members were among 22 recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation honored Friday by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony. The medals are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government upon scientists, engineers and inventors.
“I am absolutely thrilled to see these members of the American Chemical Society honored among this distinguished group of 22 medalists,” said ACS President Marinda Li Wu. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to them on this well-deserved national recognition and honor. I believe all of us in the science and technology community can partner to solve global challenges we face with future innovations."
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the nation’s technological workforce.
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The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.