President George W. Bush (5th from left) and Dr. John Marburger (far right), director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, pose with the recipients of National Medal of Science, Monday, Feb. 13, 2004, in the White House. From left to right are Dr. Dennis Sullivan, Dr. Phillip Allen Sharp, Dr. Robert N. Clayton, Dr. Stephen J. Lippard, Dr. Kenneth Arrow, Dr. Norman Borlaug, Dr. Edwin N. Lightfoot and Dr. Thomas Starzl.

The National Medal of Science is an honor bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals in science and engineering who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the following six fields: behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences. The Committee on the National Medal of Science under the National Science Foundation (NSF) is responsible for recommending medal candidates to the President.

Behavioral and Social Science

Biological Sciences


Engineering Sciences

Mathematical, Statistical, and Computer Sciences

Physical Sciences



  1. ^ "The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details - NSF - National Science Foundation".