Gehrels received the award for his scientific leadership in the study of gamma-ray bursts as well as for his significant contributions to high-energy astrophysics, infrared astronomy, and instrument development.
Caltech undergraduate and graduate students have collected an array of awards this year, including a Fulbright grant, two Hertz Fellowships, a Marshall Scholarship, and 20 National Science Foundation Fellowships.
Campagna received the award for her contributions to quantitative investment and for her leadership in the financial industry. Campagna is the founder of QS Investors, a leading customized solutions and global quantitative equities provider.
Betzig received the award for his groundbreaking contributions to microscopy. He pioneered a method known as single-molecule microscopy, or “nanoscopy,” which allows cellular structures at the nanoscale to be observed using an optical microscope, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014.
Innovator Frances Arnold has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for her "directed evolution" method, which creates new and better proteins in the laboratory using principles of evolution. The Millennium Technology Prize is one of the world's most prestigious technology awards.