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  • George W. Thorn, M.D. (1906 - 2004)
    George W. Thorn (January 15, 1906 - June 26, 2004) was an American physician whose contributions lead to new treatments of kidney diseases and adrenal gland disorders, most notably Addison's diseas...
  • Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)
    Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in the space and na...
  • David Packard (1912 - 1996)
    David Packard (September 7, 1912 – March 26, 1996) was a co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (1939), serving as president (1947–1964), CEO (1964–1968), and Chairman of the Board (1964&...
  • Mina Spiegel Rees (1902 - 1997)
    Mina Spiegel Rees (2 August 1902 - 25 October 1997) was an American mathematician. She was the first female President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1971) and head of t...
  • Leona Baumgartner, M.D. (1902 - 1991)
    Leona Baumgartner (August 18, 1902 – January 15, 1991) was an American physician. She was the first woman to serve as Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health (1954–1...

The Public Welfare Medal is awarded by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences "in recognition of distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare." It is the most prestigious honor conferred by the Academy. First awarded in 1914, the medal has been awarded annually since 1976. (includes list of winners)