The inventor of the whole-body CT scanner, who also pioneered the development of automated chromosome analysis for prenatal diagnosis, is among the five recipients of the 1997 National Medal of Technology. The award, according to a statement by the United States Department of Commerce, "recognizes individuals and corporations whose leadership and innovation have made significant contributions to the nation by creating jobs, strengthening its competitive position, and advanced our standard of living." It was established in 1980, and Congress first awarded the medal in 1985.

The National Medal of Technology is administered by Commerce's Office of Technology Policy. The winners, along with the nine recipients of the National Medal of Science, will receive their awards later this year at a White House ceremony.

Nominations for the medal are solicited through an open process via the World Wide Web. Letters seeking nominations are also sent to private company and industry executives....

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