Sidebar: National Medal of Technology Goes To Biomedical Computing Pioneer, Four Others

Two pioneering molecular biologists-including a Nobel laureate-were among nine researchers named in April to receive the 1997 National Medal of Science, the United States government's highest honor for scientific achievement. The honorees, who represent a wide range of disciplines, include an astrophysicist who helped elucidate the origin of the stars, a chemist who help lay the groundwork for understanding the chemical depletion of the ozone, and a psychologist whose theories of cognition and learning helped transform the field of experimental psychology. One researcher was named posthumously to receive the medal.

Photo: Donna Coveney/MIT

'CRUCIAL' WORK: Medal of science winner Robert Weinberg of MIT
The eight living honorees, along with the five recipients of the National Medal of Technology, will receive their awards later this year at a White House ceremony.

The National Medal of Science, established by Congress...

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