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  • MG William Crawford Gorgas (1854 - 1920)
    William Crawford Gorgas KCMG (October 3, 1854 – July 3, 1920) was a United States physician and 22nd Surgeon General of the U.S. Army (1914-18). He is best known for his work in abating the transmiss...
  • Herbert C. Hoover, 31st President of the USA (1874 - 1964)
    Herbert was the 31st President of the United States. Son of a Quaker blacksmith, Herbert Clark Hoover brought to the Presidency an unparalleled reputation for public service as an engineer, adminis...
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874 - 1960)
    John Davison Rockefeller , Jr. was a major philanthropist and a pivotal member of the prominent Rockefeller family. He was the sole son among the five children of businessman and Standard Oil industria...
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    Dr. David Grandison Fairchild (1869 - 1954)
    David Grandison Fairchild (April 7, 1869 - August 6, 1954) was an American botanist and plant explorer. Fairchild was responsible for the introduction of more than 200,000 exotic plants and varieties...
  • Dr. Charles Wardell Stiles (1867 - 1941)
    Charles Wardell Stiles (May 15, 1867 – January 24, 1941) was an American parasitologist born in Spring Valley, New York. Biography He studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut (1885-86), ...

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)