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The National Medal of Technology and Innovation 2001 Laureates

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2001 Laureates

John A. EwenJohn A. Ewen

President, Catalyst Research Corporation, Houston, Texas

For his basic discoveries and inventions in the field of metallocene catalysis which have revolutionized the production of polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, thereby enhancing American leadership and stimulating the growth of the entire industry.


Arun N. NetravaliArun N. Netravali

Chief Scientist, Lucent Technologies and Past President of Bell Labs Lucent Technologies--Bell Labs
Murray Hill, New Jersey

For his leadership in the field of communication systems; for pioneering contributions that transformed TV from analog to digital, enabling numerous integrated circuits, systems and services in broadcast TV, CATV, DBS, HDTV, and multimedia over the Internet; and for technical expertise and leadership, which have kept Bell Labs at the forefront in communications technology.


Sidney PestkaSidney Pestka, M.D.

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, New Jersey

For pioneering achievements that led to the development of the biotechnology industry, to the first recombinant interferons for the therapy of cancers, leukemias, viral diseases such as hepatitis B and C, and multiple sclerosis, to fundamental technologies leading to other biotherapeutics; and for basic scientific discoveries in chemistry, biochemistry, genetic engineering and molecular biology from protein biosynthesis to receptors and cell signaling."


Jerry M. WoodallJerry M. Woodall

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

For his pioneeriong role in the research and development of compound semiconductor materials and devices; for the invention and development of technologically and commercially important compound semiconductor heterojunction materials, processes, and related devices, such as light-emitting diodes, lasers, ultra-fast transistors, and solar cells.


Dow Chemical Company LogoThe Dow Chemical Company

Midland, Michigan

For leadership in science and technology, for the vision to create great science and innovative technology in the chemical industry, and for the positive impact that commercialization of this technology has had on society.


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