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Awardees Through the Years

Since the National Medal of Science was established, 476 people have been named recipients of America's highest honor for scientists and engineers by 10 U.S. presidents. These are a few examples, listed in the order of the president who awarded the medals. For a complete list of laureates, see http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/recipients.cfm.

President Kennedy and Von Karman

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

Theodore von Kármán - Medal of Science Laureate, 1962

PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON

Marshall Nirenberg - Medal of Science Laureate, 1964

Igor Sikorsky - Medal of Science Laureate, 1967

President Nixon and McClintock

PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON

Barbara McClintock - Medal of Science Laureate, 1970

Albert B. Sabin - Medal of Science Laureate, 1970

President Ford and Wu

PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD

Linus Carl Pauling - Medal of Science Laureate, 1974

Chien-Shiung Wu - Medal of Science Laureate, 1975

President Carter and Richard Feynman

PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER

George Uhlenbeck - Medal of Science Laureate, 1976

Edward O. Wilson - Medal of Science Laureate, 1976

Richard Feynman - Medal of Science Laureate, 1979

Simon Ramo - Medal of Science Laureate, 1979

President Reagan and group of laureates

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

Roald Hoffmann - Medal of Science Laureate, 1983

Joan A. Steitz - Medal of Science Laureate, 1986

Anne Anastasi - Medal of Science Laureate, 1987

Paul (Ching-Wu) Chu - Medal of Science Laureate, 1988

Stanley N. Cohen - Medal of Science Laureate, 1988

President George H.W. Bush and H. Guyford Stever

PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

Mildred S. Dresselhaus - Medal of Science Laureate, 1990

John D. Roberts - Medal of Science Laureate, 1990

H. Guyford Stever - Medal of Science Laureate, 1991

Maxine F. Singer - Medal of Science Laureate, 1992

President Clinton and group of laureates

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

Vera Rubin - Medal of Science Laureate, 1993

George Whitesides - Medal of Science Laureate, 1998

William Julius Wilson - Medal of Science Laureate, 1998

Karen K. Uhlenbeck - Medal of Science Laureate, 2000

President George W. Bush and Charles Slichter

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

Edward Witten - Medal of Science Laureate, 2002

Jan D. Achenbach - Medal of Science Laureate, 2005

Peter B. Dervan - Medal of Science Laureate, 2006

Fay Ajzenberg-Selove - Medal of Science Laureate, 2007

Mostafa A. El-Sayed - Medal of Science Laureate, 2007

Charles P. Slichter - Medal of Science Laureate, 2007

President Obama and Warren Washington

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Francis S. Collins - Medal of Science Laureate, 2008

Warren Washington - Medal of Science Laureate, 2009

Jacqueline Barton - Medal of Science Laureate, 2010

Peter Stang - Medal of Science Laureate, 2010

Richard A. Tapia - Medal of Science Laureate, 2010

Image Credits
President John F. Kennedy and Theodore von Kármán: Official White House Photo; courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library | President Lyndon B. Johnson and Igor Sikorsky: Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives, Inc. | President Richard M. Nixon and Barbara McClintock: Official White House Photo | President Gerald R. Ford and Chien-Shiung Wu: Official White House Photo | President Jimmy Carter and Richard Feynman: NSF Collection | President Ronald Reagan and the laureates, May 1983: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library | President George H. W. Bush and H. Guyford Stever: Official White House Photo | President Bill Clinton and a group of laureates, September 1993: Official White House Photo | President George W. Bush with Charles P. Slichter: Sandy Schaeffer for NSF | President Barack Obama and Warren Washington: Official White House Photo

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