Cathleen S. Morawetz wins National Medal of Science
On December 8, 1998, President Clinton announced the 1998
recipients of the nations highest science and technology honors,
the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of
Technology. AWM is happy to announce that one of the recipients
is Cathleen S. Morawetz.
The White House Press Office release says,
These extraordinary scientists and engineers have applied their
creativity, resolve, and restless spirit of innovation to ensure continued
U.S. leadership across the frontiers of scientific knowledge, President
Clinton said. By sustaining our investments in science and technology, we
ensure that America remains at the forefront of scientific capability,
thereby enhancing our ability to build a better America for the
The National Medal of Science, established by Congress in 1959 and
administered by the National Science Foundation, honors individuals for
contributions to the present state of knowledge in a variety of science
frontiers. Including this years recipients, the Medal of Science has been
awarded to 362 distinguished scientists and engineers.
It goes on to describe the history and selection process for the
National Medal of Science.
The National Medal of Science is the nations highest scientific
honor. Established by Congress in 1959, it was intended to be bestowed
annually by the President of the United States on a select group of
individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding
contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or
engineering sciences. Congress expanded this definition in 1980 to
recognize outstanding work in the social and behavioral sciences. In 1962,
President John F. Kennedy awarded the first Medal of Science to the late
Theodore Von Karmen, the president emeritus of aeronautical engineering at
the California Institute of Technology. Including the nine 1998 winners,
362 individuals have been awarded the Medal of Science.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the Medal of Science
program for the President. A distinguished independent, 12-member,
presidential-appointed committee reviews the nominations and sends its list
of recommendations to the President for final selection. The committee is
comprised of outstanding scientists and engineers from a variety of
disciplines in the natural and social sciences. Serving as ex officio
members are the president of the National Academy of Sciences and the
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Policy.
The description of Morawetz reads,
Cathleen S. Morawetz, Professor Emerita at the Courant Institute of
Mathematical Sciences of
New York University in New York, New York, for pioneering advances in
partial differential equations and wave propagation resulting in
application to aerodynamics, acoustics, and optics.
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