National Medal of Technology and Innovation

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National Medal of Technology

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (until 2007 National Medal of Technology ) is an award given by the President of the United States to inventors and innovators who have made significant contributions to the development of new and important technologies. Recipients of the medal can be individuals, groups or organizations and companies. It is the highest honor that can be given in the United States for achievements in the technology sector.

The " The National Medal of Technology Evaluation Committee " examines and evaluates all nominations for the medal and then recommendations. This list of candidates is formally sent to the Secretary of Commerce , who in turn makes a recommendation to the US President. The winners will then be informed and their names announced by the White House.

Award winners

George W. Bush presents the Medal of Technology to George Lucas and Chrissie England for Industrial Light & Magic

Selected winners with reasons

Many outstanding developments in industry - especially in the computer sector - have received awards since 1985.

In 2007, Xerox Corp. the award in recognition of over 50 years of research and innovation. In February 2006, George Lucas was awarded this medal for Industrial Light & Magic .

In 2005 Ralph Baer received the medal for the invention of the first video game console, in 2003 Robert Metcalfe for leading collaboration in the invention, standardization and commercialization of the Ethernet . In 2000, Douglas C. Engelbart was honored for the invention of the computer mouse and his help in the development of hypertext and Dean Kamen for inventions in the field of medical technology. In 1999 Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie were awarded the National Medal for the joint invention of the Unix operating system and the C programming language, and in 1992 Bill Gates for his early vision of universal computers in the home and office.

Also in 1992, Norman Joseph Woodland received the award from President George HW Bush for his contribution to barcode technology . In 1991 Grace Hopper received the award for her pioneering work in the development of programming languages, and in 1990 John Atanasoff for his invention of the digital computer.

In 1990 Gordon Moore was awarded for his pioneering leadership role in computer memory and microprocessors, and in 1988 Arnold Orville Beckman for exceptional creativity in the design of analytical instruments. David Packard was recognized in 1988 for exceptional and unselfish leadership in industry and government, particularly in a variety of technological fields, and Robert Noyce in 1987 for his inventions in the field of semiconductors. In 1985 Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were award winners for the development and introduction of personal computers.

List of award winners

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators at; Retrieved December 23, 2012
  2. Awardees 2014 (for 2012) at; Retrieved October 6, 2014
  3. Laureates National Medals , accessed March 2016