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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.


  • Paul Farmer to Receive 2018 NAS Public Welfare Medal
    Paul Farmer, physician, anthropologist, and humanitarian, will receive the 2018 Public Welfare Medal for “pioneering enduring, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and other countries.”  The medal is the Academy's most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. Read more»

  • NAS Honors 19 for Major Contributions to Science
    The National Academy of Sciences will honor 19 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences. Read more»
  • Michael and Sheila Held Prize: Inaugural Recipients Announced
    Prasad Raghavendra of University of California, Berkeley and David Steurer of ETH Zurich are the inaugural recipients of the Michael and Sheila Held Prize for revolutionizing our understanding of optimization and complexity in computer science. They will share a $100,000 prize. Read more»

Featured Award

Pradel Research Reward

The William and Katherine Estes Award recognizes basic research in any field of cognitive or behavioral science that uses rigorous formal and empirical methods to advance our understanding of issues relating to the risk of nuclear war. This award was established by a gift of William and Katherine Estes, and is presented with a $20,000 prize.

Etel Solingen, University of California, Irvine, will receive the 2018 William and Katherine Estes Award. For more than two decades, Solingen has focused on the risks of nuclear proliferation and the domestic incentives of states for seeking nuclear weapons. Her research has also advanced our understanding of how policymakers can design effective policies to limit the risk of nuclear war. Solingen’s work remains on the major reading lists worldwide regarding efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation. Read more about Solingen's work.»

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