Prestigious Science Award Recipients

SOT members are often the recipients of prestigious national and international honors from the scientific community, and we honor them for these accomplishments. If you are or know of an SOT member who has received any of the awards listed below, please email the pertinent information SOT Headquarters.

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Europe–Academia Europaea

The Academy of Europe, founded in 1988, honors those scientists and scholars as members who “collectively aim to promote learning, education, and research.” The Academy is made up of “leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics, and the law.”In order to produce technical reports of this magnitude, the Academy collaborates with national academies of science in EU countries through the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). The goal of the Academy is to eventually obtain an advisory role for social sciences and humanities, not only for the EU, but also the Council of Europe.

  • Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt, Academy of Europe
  • J. Michael Bishop, MD, Academy of Europe
  • David Robert Brown, ScD, MS, BS, Academy of Europe
  • Aaron Ciechanover, Academy of Europe
  • Sir Philip Cohen, PhD, Academy of Europe
  • Breimer Douwe, Academy of Europe
  • Alan H Hall, MD, Academy of Europe
  • Brian Patrick Johnson, PhD, Academy of Europe
  • Peter Krammer, Academy of Europe
  • David Lane, Academy of Europe
  • Sten Gosta Orrenius, MD, PhD, Academy of Europe
  • Paolo Preziosi, PhD, Academy of Europe
  • David E Williams, PhD, DABT, Academy of Europe
  • Robert L Williams, BS, MS, PhD, JD, Academy of Europe
  • Robert A Young, PhD, DABT, Academy of Europe

United Kingdom

The Academy of Medical Sciences Award is an award that is given to Fellows at the Academy of Medical Sciences in the United Kingdom based on the excellence of their science, their contributions to medicine and society, and the range of their achievements. Fellows are drawn from laboratory science, clinical academic science, dentistry, medical and nursing care, and other professions allied to medical science.

  • Jeremy K Nicholson, PhD, Academy of Medical Sciences Award

United States

American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows is an honor accorded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to distinguished persons for “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications, which are scientifically or socially distinguished.” Examples of areas in which nominees may have made significant contributions are research, teaching, technology, services to professional societies, administration in academia, industry, and government, and communicating and interpreting science to the public. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.

  • Bruce N Ames, PhD, ATS, AAAS
  • Elizabeth L Anderson, PhD, ATS, AAAS
  • William H Benson, PhD, AAAS
  • Gary Carlson, PhD, AAAS
  • Lucio G Costa, PhD, ATS, AAAS
  • Robert J Cousins, PhD, AAAS
  • George P Daston, PhD, AAAS
  • David C Dorman, DVM, PhD, DABT, DABVT, ATS, AAAS
  • Matthew J Doyle, PhD, MS, BS, AAAS
  • Emmanuel Farber, MD, PhD, AAAS
  • Stuart Feldman, PhD, AAAS
  • Bernard D Goldstein, MD, DABT, ATS, AAAS
  • Barbara F Hales, PhD, AAAS
  • Ronald W Hart, PhD, AAAS
  • A Wallace Hayes, PhD, DABT, ERT, ATS, FRSB, FACFE, AAAS
  • Leroy Hood, PhD, AAAS
  • Margaret O James, PhD, DSc, AAAS
  • Mark M Jones, PhD, AAAS
  • Terrance J Kavanagh, PhD, DABT, AAAS
  • James P Kehrer, PhD, AAAS
  • B Paige Lawrence, PhD, AAAS
  • Lois D Lehman-McKeeman, PhD, ATS, AAAS
  • Daniel C Liebler, PhD, AAAS
  • Edward J Massaro, PhD, AAAS
  • Donald R Mattison, MD, AAAS
  • Roger O McClellan, DVM, DABT, DABVT, ATS, AAAS
  • Charlene A McQueen, PhD, ATS, AAAS
  • Harihara M Mehendale, MS, PhD, DABT, FAACT, ATS, AAAS
  • Philip C Merker, PhD, AAAS
  • Mario Molina, PhD, AAAS
  • Mitzi Nagarkatti, PhD, AAAS
  • Prakash S Nagarkatti, PhD, AAAS
  • Daniel W Nebert, BA, MS, MD, AAAS
  • Gilbert S Omenn, MD, PhD, AAAS
  • Vassilios Papadopoulos, DPharm, PhD, AAAS
  • Isaac N Pessah, PhD, AAAS
  • Henry C Pitot, III, MD, PhD, AAAS
  • Lance R Pohl, PharmD, PhD, AAAS
  • Richard S Pollenz, PhD, AAAS
  • Virginia M Sanders, PhD, AAAS
  • I Glenn Sipes, PhD, ATS, AAAS
  • John J Stegeman, BA, PhD, AAAS
  • Stacey Tannenbaum, AAAS
  • David W Threadgill, PhD, BS, AAAS
  • William A Toscano, PhD, AAAS
  • Rao M Uppu, PhD, DABT, ATS, REHS, BCES, FRSC, AAAS Fellow, AAAS
  • Bernard M Wagner, MD, AAAS
  • Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, AAAS
  • Peter G Wells, PharmD, AAAS
  • Samuel H Wilson, MD, AAAS

United Kingdom

The Copley Medal is an international scientific award given by the Royal Society of London for “outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science.” The Medal alternates between the physical sciences and the biological sciences. Given every year, the medal is the oldest Royal Society medal still awarded, and probably the oldest surviving scientific award in the world, having first been given in 1731.

  • John E Walker, Sr, FRS, Copley Medal

France

Grand Prix Charles-Leopold Mayer Award (French Academy of Sciences)

  • H Robert Horvitz, PhD, Grand Prix Charles-Leopold Mayer Award

France

The Grande Médaille of French Academy of Science was established in 1977 and is awarded annually to a researcher who has contributed in a substantial manner to the advancement of science. The prize may go to a French national or to a foreign scientist, who has contributed in some remarkable and decisive way to progress in his/her field.

  • Jack H Dean, PhD, ScD, DABT, ATS, Grande Médaille (Chevalier)

Netherlands

Holst Medal

  • Donald E Ingber, MD, PhD, Holst Medal

Japan

The Japan Prize is a prestigious international award presented to individuals whose original and outstanding achievements are not only scientifically impressive, but have also served to promote peace and prosperity for all mankind. The Prize is awarded by the Japan Prize Foundation. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded 81 people from 13 countries.  In principle, the award is intended for a single person but small groups of researchers are also eligible. The person must be alive to be named a Japan Prize Laureate.

  • Bruce N Ames, PhD, ATS, Japan Prize
  • Sang-Tae Kim, PhD, DABT, ATS, ERT, Japan Prize

Japan

The Keio Medical Science Prize gives recognition to the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in medicine. This international prize is designed to promote worldwide advances in medicine and life sciences, to encourage the expansion of researcher networks throughout the world, and to contribute to the well-being of humankind.

  • Leroy Hood, PhD, Keio Medical Science Prize

Switzerland

The Louis Jeantet Prize, was established in 1986 and is awarded annually to experienced researchers who have distinguished themselves in the field of biomedical research in Europe. The main fields of research that are promoted are physiology, biophysics, structural biology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology and genetics. The Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine has notably supported outstanding work on immunology, virology, bacteriology, neurobiology and in clinical epidemiology. The Foundation rewards excellence. Several winners of the Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine have subsequently been distinguished by the Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine, or in chemistry.

  • Sir Philip Cohen, PhD, Louis Jeantet Prize
  • Alan H Hall, MD, Louis Jeantet Prize

United Kingdom

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry that recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services, as well as works with charitable and welfare organizations.

  • Alan R Boobis, OBE, BSc, PhD, FBTS, FBPhS, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Ian Kimber, PhD, ATS, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Iain F H Purchase, PhD, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

United States

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine is renowned for its research program, but it is also an honorific organization with more than 1,700 members and foreign associates who donate their time to put their knowledge and expertise to work for the nation's health. Each year, the full membership elects up to 65 new members and five foreign associates to the National Academy of Medicine. Members are elected for their excellence and professional achievement in a field relevant to the National Academy of Medicine's mission and for their willingness to participate actively in its work. These individuals represent not only the health care professions but also the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as law, administration, engineering, and the humanities. For those at the top of their field, membership in the National Academy of Medicine reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service.

  • Christopher Austin, AB, MD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Bruce A Beutler, MD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Thomas W Clarkson, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Ronald W Estabrook, BS, MD, DSc, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Bernard D Goldstein, MD, DABT, ATS, National Academy of Medicine
  • H Robert Horvitz, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH, National Academy of Medicine
  • Donald R Mattison, MD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Roger O McClellan, DVM, DABT, DABVT, ATS, National Academy of Medicine
  • Mario Molina, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Ferid Murad, National Academy of Medicine
  • Herbert L Needleman, MD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Kenneth Olden, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Gilbert S Omenn, MD, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Martin A Philbert, PhD, FRSC, ATS, National Academy of Medicine
  • Kenneth S Ramos, MD, PhD, ATS, National Academy of Medicine
  • Jim E Riviere, DVM, PhD, DSc, ATS, National Academy of Medicine
  • Leona D Samson, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Bernard A Schwetz, DVM, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Takashi Sugimura, MD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Steven Robert Tannenbaum, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Michael J Welsh, DPhil, National Academy of Medicine
  • Gerald N Wogan, PhD, National Academy of Medicine
  • Sten Gosta Orrenius, MD, PhD, National Academy of Medicine (Foreign Associate)

United States

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959, and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Awarded annually, the medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering.

  • Bruce N Ames, PhD, ATS, National Medal of Science
  • Leroy Hood, PhD, National Medal of Science

France

The National Order of Merit is an award that was founded by Charles de Gaulle in 1963 and rewards distinguished civil or military service. This order was created to avoid a too large number of members in the Order of the Legion of Honor. The Grand Master is the French President. This order has the same classes and dignities that the Legion of Honor has. SOT members who have been elected for services to sciences are:

  • Jean-Roger Claude, PhD, ERT, National Order of Merit (Chevalier)
  • Nancy D Claude, PhD, National Order of Merit (Chevalier)

England

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) NC3Rs Prize

  • Donald E Ingber, MD, PhD, NC3Rs Prize

Sweden

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine or Chemistry is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award. A person or organization awarded the Nobel Prize is called Nobel Laureate. The word “Laureate” refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In Ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honor.

  • John B Gurdon, Kt, DPhil, DSc, FRS, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Mario Molina, PhD, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • John E Walker, Sr, FRS, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Bruce A Beutler, MD, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine or Chemistry
  • Lee Hartwell, PhD, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine or Chemistry
  • H Robert Horvitz, PhD, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine or Chemistry
  • Ferid Murad, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine or Chemistry

France

The Order of the Legion of Honor was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and rewards eminent civil or military services. The Grand Master is the French President. There are three classes (chevalier or Knight, officer, and commander) and two dignities (grand officer and grand cross).

  • Jack H Dean, PhD, ScD, DABT, ATS, Order of the Legion of Honor (Chevalier)

England

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public. A designation of a Fellow is granted to those with substantial career progression who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of chemical sciences. The Royal Society is supported by a worldwide network of members who carry the distinction of FRSC after their names.

  • Martin A Philbert, PhD, FRSC, ATS, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Rao M Uppu, PhD, DABT, ATS, REHS, BCES, FRSC, AAAS Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry

Sweden

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is an independent organization whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. Among other things, the Academy seeks to be a forum where researchers can meet across subject borders to offer unique research environments, support young researchers, reward prominent contributions to research, and arrange international scientific contacts.

  • Sten Gosta Orrenius, MD, PhD, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Russia

The Russian Academy of Medical Sciences is a prestigious organization that is headquartered in Moscow.  The academy is composed of more than 60 research institutes and councils that span multiple areas of medicine.  Election to the academy is considered the highest honor for medical scientists in Russia.

  • John A Thomas, PhD, ATS, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences

United States

The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world. Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Lasker Awards often presage future recognition by the Nobel committee, so they have become popularly known as “America’s Nobels.” Eighty-three Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 31 in the last two decades. The Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award honors scientists whose fundamental investigations have provided techniques, information, or concepts contributing to the elimination of major causes of disability and death.

  • John B Gurdon, Kt, DPhil, DSc, FRS, The Lasker Awards
  • Lee Hartwell, PhD, The Lasker Awards
  • Leroy Hood, PhD, The Lasker Awards

United States

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is composed of approximately 2,100 members and 380 foreign associates, of whom nearly 200 have won Nobel Prizes. Members and foreign associates of the Academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research; election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.

  • Bruce N Ames, PhD, ATS, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Bruce A Beutler, MD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • John E Casida, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Sir Philip Cohen, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Allan H Conney, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Robert J Cousins, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Ronald W Estabrook, BS, MD, DSc, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • James M Fujimoto, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Bruce D Hammock, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • H Robert Horvitz, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Mario Molina, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Ferid Murad, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Michael J Welsh, DPhil, The National Academy of Sciences
  • Gerald N Wogan, PhD, The National Academy of Sciences