Lonnie Thompson awarded the 2005 National Medal of Science

Lonnie Thompson with President Bush
Lonnie Thompson receiving the National Medal of Science from President Bush. Click to enlarge.
National Medal of Science
Credit: The National Medal of Science

Friday, July 27, 2007

Lonnie Thompson, glaciologist and Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University, was awarded the 2005 National Medal of Science. The Award is the highest honor that the United States can give to an American scientist. The 2005 and 2006 award winners for both the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology were given their medals during a ceremony led by President Bush on Friday July 27, 2007.

Thompson leads the Ice Core Paleoclimatology Group at BPRC along with his wife, Ellen Mosley-Thompson. The Byrd Polar Research Center congratulates Lonnie on this fine achievement!

"The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the prestigious award program, which was established by Congress in 1959. It honors individuals for pioneering scientific research in a range of fields, including physical, biological, mathematical, social, behavioral and engineering sciences, that enhances our understanding of the world and leads to innovations and technologies that give the United States its global economic edge." [1]

[1] National Science Foundation press release, July 17, 2007