Norman R. Augustine to receive 2006 Public Welfare Medal, Academy's highest honor

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences will present its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal, to Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp. The medal honors his "contributions to the vitality of science in the United States by bringing to industry and government a better understanding of the crucial role that fundamental scientific research must play in our long-term security and economic prosperity."

Augustine has been honored on many occasions for his leadership and service to the nation. In 1997 he was awarded the National Medal of Technology for his visionary leadership of the aerospace industry in the development of leading-edge technologies such as space vehicles, "smart" weapons, information systems, and advanced aircraft systems. Five times he has earned the Defense Department's highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal, in addition to a number of meritorious service awards from U.S. government agencies, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army, Air Force, NASA, Treasury Department, and Central Intelligence Agency.

"Our entire nation and its scientific and engineering enterprises in particular owes an enormous debt to Norm Augustine," said Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. "Acting on his strong personal conviction that sound national policy must embrace the very best in science and engineering, he has personally made a very real difference in our nation's life and to its welfare."

Augustine's long-standing commitment to national science policy has included serving on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in both Democratic and Republican administrations. He has led the Defense Science Board, the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade, the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program External Panel, the NASA/White House committee on the U.S. space program, and the Blue Ribbon Panel on Conflict o

Contact: William Skane
The National Academies

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