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  • David Eli Lilienthal (1899 - 1981)
    David Eli Lilienthal (July 8, 1899 – January 15, 1981) was an American attorney and public administrator, best known for leading the Tennessee Valley Authority and later the Atomic Energy Comm...
  • Victor "Viki" Frederick Weisskopf, Ph.D. (1908 - 2002)
    Victor Frederick "Viki" Weisskopf (September 19, 1908 – April 22, 2002) was an Austrian-born American theoretical physicist. He did postdoctoral work with Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödi...
  • Gilbert F. White (1911 - 2006)
    Gilbert Fowler White (November 26, 1911 – October 5, 2006) was a prominent American geographer, sometimes termed the "father of floodplain management" and the "leading environmental geographer...
  • George Washington Goethals (1858 - 1928)
    George Washington Goethals (/ˈɡoʊθəlz/ goh-thəlz; June 29, 1858 – January 21, 1928) was a United States Army officer and civil engineer, best known ...
  • 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...

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)