President Obama Honors U.S. Scientists

President Awards Medal to Art RosenfeldPresident Obama named twelve eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and eleven inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors.

"I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators," President Obama said. "They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great"”and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment."

Art Rosenfeld, Scientist Emeritus in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at the Feb. 1 ceremony.

With a decades-long career in energy analysis and standards, Rosenfeld is often credited with billions of dollars in energy savings and is viewed by many as "the godfather of energy efficiency." He started his career in the 1950s as a physicist in the Nobel Prize-winning particle physics group of Luis Alvarez. However, in 1974, he decided to switch his focus to energy and the environment.

Rosenfeld founded the Center for Building Science at Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) in 1975, where a broad range of energy efficiency concepts, analysis tools, policy ideas and technologies were developed over the next 20 years.

"Art's long-standing efforts in the field of energy efficiency have truly changed the way we think about energy today," said Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos.

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. A committee of Presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation's technological workforce.