The Franklin Institute Celebrates 200 Years of Recognizing Excellence in Science and Technology with Announcement of 2024 Franklin Institute Awards Laureates
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Franklin Institute, celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2024, marks two centuries of recognizing excellence in science and technology this year through The Franklin Institute Awards Program, one of the oldest comprehensive science awards in the world, and a cornerstone of the museum's legacy since its founding in 1824.
As part of its bicentennial celebrations, The Franklin Institute proudly announces the laureates of the 200th year of the Awards Program. Through their boundless creativity and passion for discovery, they have seen the previously invisible, pushed the limits of nature's toolkit, and dreamed up solutions to global challenges—advancing health, sustainability, and human connection.
"The 200-year legacy of The Franklin Institute Awards stands as a shining example of our dedication to honoring those who have made significant strides in advancing scientific knowledge," said Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute. "In this milestone year, the Awards Program will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our 2024 laureates and serve as a reminder of The Franklin Institute's rich history and its ongoing commitment to shaping the future of science and technology."
Since its inception, The Franklin Institute Awards Program has honored the most influential scientists, engineers, and inventors who have significantly advanced science and technology. The roster of more than 2,000 laureates includes luminaries such as Nikola Tesla, Marie and Pierre Curie, Orville Wright, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, and more recently, vaccine pioneers Kizzmekia Corbett, Drew Weissman, and Katalin Karikó. Notably, 125 of these laureates have also received the Nobel Prize.
"The legacy of The Franklin Institute Awards is entwined with some of the most epic milestones in human innovation, from the development of the typewriter to the dawn of quantum computing, from the diesel engine to the Mars Rover, and from X-rays to genome editing," said Dr. Darryl Williams, Senior Vice President of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute. "The program has become a symbol of excellence and innovation, inspiring future generations to push the boundaries of knowledge."
The achievements of nine laureates will be celebrated in a ceremony hosted by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts on April 18, 2024, at the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial of The Franklin Institute.>
David A. Weitz, Ph.D., Harvard University
Lisa Su, Ph.D., AMD
Gabriela S. Schlau-Cohen, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paula T. Hammond, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Janet F. Werker, Ph.D., O.C., FRSC, The University of British Columbia
Paul D. N. Hebert, Ph.D., FRSC, O.C., University of Guelph
Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Joanne Chory, Ph.D., The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Mary C. Boyce, Ph.D., Columbia University
Bank of America returns in 2024 as the Presenting Sponsor of The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner for the 22nd consecutive year. The Hess Foundation and PNC Bank are the 200th Anniversary Sponsors.
For more information about The Franklin Institute Awards Program and the 2024 laureates, please visit fi.edu/awards.
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