US President Joe Biden presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to two Indian American scientists, Ashok Gadgil and Subra Suresh, during a prestigious ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. Additionally, President Biden recognized a cohort of exceptional American scientists, technologists, and innovators for their remarkable contributions at the event.
The distinguished scientists celebrated during the ceremony were commended for their groundbreaking work leading to life-saving medical advancements, contributions to combating the opioid crisis, advancements in food security, breakthroughs in accessibility, and much more.
In a statement, the White House highlighted, “Today, President Biden is recognizing several Americans with the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for their exceptional accomplishments in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, all contributing to the enhancement of our nation’s well-being.”
Established by the US Congress in 1959 and overseen by the US National Science Foundation, the National Medal of Science represents the highest scientific accolade in the country.
“The award is conferred by the President of the United States upon individuals who have demonstrated remarkable achievements in various fields, including biology, computer sciences, education sciences, engineering, geosciences, mathematical and physical sciences, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences, all in service to the nation,” the statement further affirmed.
“It is through the dedication of individuals like these awardees that the spirit of America remains vibrant, as they continue to expand the horizons of what is achievable,” the statement concluded.
The official statement highlighted how these pioneering individuals utilized the potential of science and technology to address complex issues and introduce groundbreaking solutions for both American society and global communities.
Additionally, the achievements of the awardees have propelled American prominence in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, serving as a source of inspiration for the upcoming generation of American intellectuals.
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