THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES DUDLEY R. HERSCHBACH AS CHAIRMAN, CATHLEEN S. MORAWETZ, SUSAN GRAHAM AND WILLIAM J. WILSON AS MEMBERS TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE
NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE
The President today announced his appointment of Dudley R. Herschbach, of Massachusetts, as Chairman, Cathleen S. Morawetz, Susan Graham and William J. Wilson as Members of the President's Committee for the National Medal of Science.
Dr. Dudley R. Herschbach is the Frank B. Baird Professor of Science at Harvard University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986 and received a National Medal of Science in 1991. He is a Member of the national Academy of Sciences. Dr. Herschbach earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees from Stanford and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard.
Dr. Cathleen S. Morawetz is a Professor of Mathematics at New York University. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Morawetz also serves as editor of a number of journals, and is the President-elect of the American Mathematics Society. Dr. Morawetz received her bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. from New York University.
Susan L. Graham, of California, is a professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley. She is investigating the use of language implementation technology in the construction of interactive software development environments. Dr. Graham is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She attended Harvard before receiving her Ph.D. from Stanford.
William J. Wilson, of Illinois, is a Lucy Flower Distinguished Service Professor and the Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of four books on the significance of race. Dr. Wilson also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wilson received his bachelor's degree from Wilberforce University, his master's from Bowling Green State University, and his Ph.D. from Washington State University.
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 to recognize up to twenty individuals annually who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The Committee, comprised of twelve leading scientists and engineers from a number of fields, receives nominations, evaluates them, and makes its recommendations to the President.