Pupin Medal Recipients

2017 - Jacqueline Barton
John G. Kirkwood and Arthur A. Noyes Professor and Norman Davidson Leadership Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology. Widely recognized as a thought leader in the field of molecular chemistry, her cross-disciplinary research focuses on the chemical and physical properties of the DNA molecule.
 
2016 - Ronald Breslow
Samuel Latham Mitchill Professor of Chemistry and one of twelve University Professors at Columbia University. Professor Breslow’s research interests involve the design and synthesis of new molecules and subsequent study of their properties.
 
2016 - Paul A. Marks
President Emeritus and member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and head of the Developmental Cell Biology Laboratory. He is the founder of ATON Pharma, Inc. - a biotechnology company which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck. 
 
2015 - Richard Axel
University Professor and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, member of the Departments of Neuroscience and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University Medical Center and Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.
 
2014 - Wafaa El-Sadr
University Professor of Medicine at Columbia University; founder and director of ICAP, whose HIV treatment and prevention programs have helped over 1 million people worldwide.
 
2012 - Harold Varmus
Co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes; presidential appointee to be Director of the National Cancer; researched the regulation of bacterial gene expression by cyclic AMP.
 
2008 - Harry Gray
Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry; Founding Director of the Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, for distinguished service to the nation in science and technology; for decades of inspired teaching of the chemists of tomorrow at Columbia University and California Institute of Technology; for pioneering research in the field of electron transfer in metalloproteins that represents a landmark in biological inorganic chemistry; for contributing insights applicable to such vital biological processes as respiration, photosynthesis, and nitrogen fixation.
 
2008 - Horst Stormer
Nobel Laureate in Physics 1998; for leadership in scientific research for two decades at Bell Laboratories and as scientific director of Columbia’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center; and for the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect, which has led to a breakthrough in understanding quantum physics and profound new insights into the structure and dynamics of matter.
 
2005 - Richard N. Zare
He is known as the master laser chemist of our time, combining the pursuit of basic understanding with highly practical analytic applications; as the chairman of the National Science Board, the governing body of NSF, Prof. Zare has influenced the direction of research, college curriculum, and funding at all U.S. educational institutions.
 
2003 - Eric R. Kandel
For his groundbreaking research in learning and memory, recognized by the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine, that has revolutionized our knowledge on how the brain functions, uncovering the secrets of synapses that hold promise for progress in finding help for brain dysfunctions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
 
2000 - Leon M. Lederman
For his insight, tenacity, and leadership in uncovering the secrets of neutrinos, muons and quarks; his cogent, compelling and witty writings on particle physics;  his devotion to transforming the pursuit of science in secondary schools; his devotion to integrity in inquiry and his steadfast commitment to our scientists of the future.
 
2000 - Henry L. Michel
For his vision to eliminate national, political and scientific boundaries to promote the growth of the construction industry; for his 50 years of management of massive construction projects, transportation planning, and rail and rapid transit system design; for his commitment to research; for his leadership of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc.
 
1998 - Cyril Harris
For his singular ability to blend the science of acoustics with the art of architecture to create the most important performing spaces in the world; for giving listening audiences exquisite venues for the enjoyment of the beautiful sounds of vocal and instrumental music; for providing guidance and wisdom to succeeding generations of architects and acoustical engineers.
 
1998 - Robert C. Merton
For applying mathematics to problems involving time and uncertainty, exemplified by financial markets; for devising a formula for the valuation of stock options;  seminal contributions to asset pricing theory; pioneering applications of continuous-time stochastic modeling methods in economics and finance; and for outstanding teaching as a professor of business administration.
 
1995 - P. Roy Vagelos
For his leadership in the pharmaceutical industry; for his many contributions to biological science and pharmaceutical research; for his role in helping to discover and produce medicines that extend and enhance life; for his tireless efforts to promote global health as a public service; and for his outstanding work as a teacher.
 
1993 - Frank Press
For his extensive work in seismic activity and wave theory; for organizing the first International Geophysical Year; and for his wise counsel to four Presidents of the United States.
 
1992 - Norman F. Ramsey, Jr.
For the discovery of the deuteron electric quadrupole moment, the invention of high-precision methods of molecular beam spectroscopy, and observations of parity violating spin rotations of neutrons; and for educational leadership.
 
1991 - Mario Salvadori
For his wide-ranging work in civil engineering, applied mathematics, architecture, and education.
 
1991 - Chien-Shiung Wu
For outstanding work in physics.  Her 1954 experiments single-handedly disproved the widely accepted principle of "conservation of parity;" her 1963 experiments confirmed the existence of weak magnetism in beta decay.
 
1983 - Kenneth A. Roe
For pioneering work in petroleum, electrical and nuclear Energy Construction,  timeless service to Engineering Societies, and devotion to his government in advisory and active capacities.
 
1980 - Isidor Isaac Rabi
(The outstanding American scientist of the century)  For his groundbreaking work in atomic physics, his establishment of a major scientific center in America, his years of peace-promoting service to his country and to the world, and for his extraordinary dedication to teaching.
 
1979 - William James McGill
(President of Columbia University 1970-1980, and specialist in psychophysics) For outstanding contributions in information processing and mathematic psychology, commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression, and the advancement of higher education.
 
1967 - Colonel John H. Glenn
The first American astronaut to orbit the earth.
 
1966 - Frederick R. Kappel
(President, and then Chairman of the Board of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, and life Trustee of Columbia University) For his outspoken championship of free enterprise through strong personal example and wise counsel.
 
1961 - John Edgar Hoover
(Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation) For devotion and loyalty to the cause of public safety and the example that he set for the youth of the nation.
 
1959 - Rear Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
Father of the Atomic Submarine. 
 
1959 - Honorable James T. O’Connell
For service to the nation in the fields of engineering and Federal construction; manpower and industrial relations; personnel management and arbitration; and for his distinguished record of achievement as Under Secretary of Labor during the Eisenhower administration.
 
1959 - William Francis Gibbs
(Naval architect and marine engineer)  As the country's foremost designer of large ships, he designed both the United States and the America for U.S. Lines.  His Liberty ship allowed for mass production of freighters during World War II.
 
1959 - Dean John R. Dunning
For his key role in the development of the U.S. atomic energy program pioneered some of the first neutron experiments in the country in 1932 and was director of the development of the first Columbia University Cyclotron in 1936.
 
1959 - Brig. General Harrison K. Bird
For his endeavors in the field of science (along with Dr. Pupin) in the development of inventions for the benefit of mankind.
 
1958 - Major General John B. Medaris
For planning and executing the Ordinance phase of the Invasion of Normandy (he was Commanding General of U.S. Army Ordinance Missile Command and, earlier, Commander of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency).
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