Special Edition: Oct. 15, 2010
Esther Conwell to Receive National Medal of Science
President Barack Obama has chosen Esther Conwell, a professor of chemistry, as a recipient of the National Medal of Science.
Conwell, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics, helped launch the computer revolution by explaining how electrons travel through semiconductors. Her research earned her membership in both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, two of the highest honors a scientist or engineer can receive.
The National Medal of Science was established by Congress in 1959 and is awarded by the President to recognize “outstanding contributions to knowledge” in the sciences.
“Esther Conwell’s career in science is a triumph built on decades of important scientific contributions in academia and in private laboratories,” says University President Joel Seligman. “She persevered in a world that often was not supportive of women and their aspirations. For her scientific contributions and her pioneering role as a leading woman in science, she is a source of pride for our entire University of Rochester community.” Read more...
University President Joel Seligman and Joanna Olmsted, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will join Esther Conwell at 4:15 p.m. today to announce Conwell as a recipient of the National Medal of Science. The University community is invited to the event, which will be held in the Admissions first floor conference room, Wallis Hall.
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