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National Medal of Science Recipients

Biological Sciences

  • †Alfred H. Sturtevant, 1967
  • †Sterling B. Hendricks (PhD '26), 1975
  • †Seymour Benzer, 1982
  • †Roger W. Sperry, 1989
  • †Edward B. Lewis (PhD '42), 1990
  • †Folke K. Skoog (BS '32, PhD '36), 1991
  • †Howard M. Temin (PhD '59), 1992
  • †Alexander Rich (Postdoc '49-'54), 1995
  • Bruce N. Ames (PhD '53), 1998
  • *David Baltimore, 1999
  • Phillip Sharp (Posdoc '69-71), 2004
  • Leroy Hood (BS '60, PhD '68), 2011

Chemistry

  • *Harry B. Gray, 1986
  • *Rudolph A. Marcus, 1989
  • †Harden M. McConnell (PhD '51), 1989
  • †John D. Roberts, 1990
  • †Norman R. Davidson, 1996
  • †Harold S. Johnston (PhD '48), 1997
  • George Whitesides (PhD '64), 1998
  • *John D. Baldeschwieler, 2000
  • *Peter Dervan, 2006
  • Mostafa A. El-Sayed (Postdoc '60-'61), 2007
  • *Jacqueline K. Barton, 2010

Engineering

  • †Theodore von Kármán, 1962
  • †John Pierce (BS '33, PhD '36), 1963
  • †William H. Pickering (BS '32, MS '33, PhD '36), 1975
  • †Simon Ramo (BS '36), 1979
  • †Hans Liepmann, 1986
  • †Bernard M. Oliver (PhD '40), 1986
  • †George W. Housner (MS '34, PhD '41), 1988
  • †H. Guyford Stever (PhD '41), 1991
  • Ray W. Clough (MS '43), 1994
  • Yuan-Cheng B. Fung (PhD '48), 2000
  • *Amnon Yariv, 2009

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Donald E. Knuth (PhD '63), 1979
  • †Samuel Karlin (Postdoc '48), 1989
  • †John McCarthy (BS '48), 1990
  • Bradley Efron (BS '60), 2005

Physical Sciences

  • †Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky (PhD '42), 1969
  • †Allan Sandage (PhD '52), 1970
  • †Saul Winstein (PhD '38), 1970
  • †Arie J. Haagen-Smit, 1973
  • †William A. Fowler (PhD '36), 1974
  • †Linus Pauling (PhD '25), 1974
  • †Kenneth S. Pitzer (BS '35), 1974
  • †E. Bright Wilson Jr. (PhD '34), 1975
  • †Richard P. Feynman, 1979
  • †Charles H. Townes (PhD '39), 1982
  • †Walter H. Munk (BS '39), 1983
  • †H. Richard Crane (BS '30, PhD '34), 1986
  • †Arnold O. Beckman (PhD '28), 1989
  • Eugene Parker (PhD '51), 1989
  • †Robert P. Sharp (BS '34), 1989
  • †Edwin M. McMillan (BS '28, MS '29), 1990
  • *Edward C. Stone, 1991
  • †Eugene M. Shoemaker (BS '48), 1992
  • *Peter M. Goldreich, 1995
  • †Don L. Anderson (PhD '62), 1998
  • †Charles D. Keeling (Postdoc '53-'56), 2001
  • Robert N. Clayton (PhD '55), 2004
  • Berni Alder (PhD '52), 2008
  • James Gunn (PhD '65), 2008
  • Sylvester J. Gates Jr. (Postdoc '80-'82)
  • Sean C. Solomon (BS '66), 2012

* in residence
† deceased

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