Raven one of 12 to receive National Medal of Science

Peter H. Raven, Ph.D., Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis is one of a dozen renowned American scientists and engineers to receive the prestigious National Medal of Science. President Clinton made the announcement on Nov.13, 2000.

In announcing the year 2000 Medal of Science honorees, the president paid tribute to a group of scientific leaders who changed or set new directions in social policy, neuroscience, biology, chemistry, bioengineering, mathematics, physics, and earth and environmental sciences. "These exceptional scientists and engineers have transformed our world and enhanced our daily lives," President Clinton said. "Their imagination and ingenuity wlll continue to inspire future generations of American scientists to remain at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation."

Raven and the others will be presented the medals at an awards dinner scheduled for December 1, 2000. The people to be honored are the first recipients of the medal in the 21st century. The group includes a Nobel Prize winner from the 1950s and another from the 1990s.

"On behalf of the Washington University community, I extend our warm and enthusiastic congratulations to Dr. Raven upon his being awarded the Medal of Science by President Clinton," said Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis. "Dr. Raven is a scientist of uncommon impact nationally and internationally, and we are proud that he is an important part of our community. He has been a dedicated and creative contributor to the development of plant science and has earned the nations trust and admiration as one of the leading scientists of our day."

Raven, a preeminent scientist in plant systematics and evolution, has published more than 550 books and papers. Raven has become one of the world's leading authorities on plant systematics and evolution, introduced the concept o

Contact: Tony Fitzpatrick
Washington University in St. Louis

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