The president named for the Medal of Science biologists James E. Darnell of Rockefeller University in New York City, who discovered RNA processing, and Evelyn M. Witkin of Rutgers University, who confirmed the notion of DNA repair.
Leo L. Beranek of Cambridge, Mass., a retired leader in acoustical science for the military and the arts, will receive the medal for engineering.
Mathematician James G. Glimm of Stony Brook University is being honored for his work in shock wave theory and other cross-disciplinary fields in mathematical physics.
John I. Brauman of Stanford University will receive the award in chemistry. Three other honorees in the physical sciences include W. Jason Morgan of Princeton University, Richard L. Garwin at the Council on Foreign Relations In New York City, and Edward Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.
Brauman's chemistry research answered many questions about the role of solvents. Morgan, a Princeton professor of geography, revolutionized the theory of plate tectonics, a milestone for scientists studying how earthquakes occur and how Earth's history is documented. Garwin, a military technology innovator, invented and patented magnetic resonance techniques that are key to today's magnetic resonance imaging technology. He also laid the foundation for technologies in superconducting electronic circuitry. Witte
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