UCSD chancellor a National Medal of Science recipient


By City News Service

Renowned chemist and UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox was named Friday as a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists.

“It’s a great honor to receive this prestigious recognition, and I am humbled and proud that the contributions made by my research group have

advanced organic chemistry,” Fox said.

“I was fortunate to have had brilliant and hardworking graduate students who focused on fundamental principles that were later translated into practical use in solar energy conversion, environmental remediation and material science,” she added. “I truly believe that important developments in science and science education are vital for the future of this nation.”

Fox will receive the award, along with 10 others, during a ceremony at the White House later this year.

“The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity,” President Barack Obama said.

“Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity, and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions.”

Obama Friday also announced four recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

The National Medal of Science, created in 1959 and awarded annually by the White House through the National Science Foundation, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering.

Fox was named the seventh chancellor of UCSD in 2004.