President Obama awarded eleven U.S. National Medals of Science and eight U.S. National Medals of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony in the East Room on November 20. Among the recipients, ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureate Charles W. Bachman and ACM Fellow Mary Shaw received National Medals of Technology and Innovation for their pioneering accomplishments and contributions to the computing field and society. ACM President Alex Wolf and Immediate Past ACM President Vint Cerf attended the ceremony and gala, which included other National Medal Laureates and attendees from the Cabinet, Congress, and other high-level policy officials.
ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureate Charles W. Bachman received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his fundamental and pioneering inventions in “database management, transaction processing, and software engineering.” He designed one of the first computer database management systems in 1963. Ten years later in 1973, he received the ACM A.M. Turing Award for his contributions to database technologies.
“I hope that young people just starting out can look at an honor like this and see all of the new creative opportunities that lay before them today, and the differences they can make for their generation and for future generations,” Bachman said when being presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
ACM Fellow Mary Shaw received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for her “pioneering leadership in the development of innovative curricula in computer science.” She is renowned for her contributions to the establishment of software architecture as a discipline. Mary Shaw is the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
About the U.S. National Medals
The National Medals are bestowed by the U.S. President as the country’s highest honor for achievements in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields. By highlighting the national importance of science and technological innovation, the National Medals serve to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue scientific and technical careers to keep the United States at the forefront of global innovation and economic leadership.
U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates 2014
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, created by statute in 1980 and administered for the White House by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the country’s competitiveness and quality of life through innovation and who have strengthened the scientific, technological, engineering, and computing workforce in the United States. Each medal is engraved with the recipient’s name.
Charles W. Bachman
For fundamental inventions in database management, transaction processing, and software engineering.
Carnegie Mellon University
For pioneering leadership in the development of innovative curricula in Computer Science.
For invention and commercialization of Flash storage technology to enable ubiquitous data in consumer electronics, mobile computing, and enterprise storage.
Edith M. Flanigen
UOP, LLC., a Honeywell Company
For innovations in the fields of silicate chemistry, the chemistry of zeolites, and molecular sieve materials.
Thomas J. Fogarty
Fogarty Institute for Innovation
For innovations in minimally invasive medical devices.
Calico Life Sciences, LLC
For pioneering contributions to the fields of biotechnology and personalized medicine, leading to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Cherry A. Murray
Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
For contributions to the advancement of devices for telecommunications, the use of light for studying matter, and for leadership in the development of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce in the United States.
Douglas Lowy and John Schiller
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
For developing the virus-like particles and related technologies that led to the generation of effective vaccines that specifically targeted HPV and related cancers.
U.S. National Medal of Science Laureates 2014
University of California, San Francisco
An internationally-renowned biochemist and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to his research in the field of DNA replication, he is an avid proponent of improving science and mathematics education and international scientific cooperation.
University of Michigan
Renowned for his work on the evolution of cooperation and its application across disciplines, from the social sciences to biology and computer science. He is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pioneering studies of insect-plant co-evolution and her extensive public engagement have made her a world-renowned expert on all insect-related matters. Dr. Berenbaum is Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alexandre J. Chorin
University of California, Berkeley
An applied mathematician known for his contributions to computational fluid mechanics. He is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Electrical engineer known for his contributions to the information and system sciences. He is currently the Hitachi America Professorship of Engineering, Emeritus at Stanford University.
Judith P. Klinman
University of California, Berkeley
Physical-organic chemist renowned for her work on enzymes. She is currently a professor of chemistry and of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Considered one of the fathers of chemical ecology. He is currently the Goldwin Smith Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Cornell University.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University
Nobel Prize-winning physicist known for co-discovering the J/Psi meson. He is the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences at Stanford University.
Sean C. Solomon
Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, where he is also the William B. Ransford Professor of Earth and Planetary Science.
And a posthumous Medal to:
University of California, Berkeley
The first black admitted to the National Academy of Sciences and the first tenured black professor in U.C. Berkeley history; a mathematician and statistician who contributed to numerous fields, including probability theory, game theory and information theory. He chaired U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Statistics and served as president in 1955 of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an international professional and scholarly society.