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Two Indian American Scientists Receive Highest Scientific Award in US

Ashok Gadgil and Subra Suresh, both of Indian American descent, were honoured with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the National Medal of Science, respectively.

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Ashok Gadgil and Subra Suresh were awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the National Medal of Science, respectively. (Image Courtesy- Twitter)
Ashok Gadgil and Subra Suresh were awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the National Medal of Science, respectively. (Image Courtesy- Twitter)

Two distinguished Indian American scientists, Ashok Gadgil and Subra Suresh, were honoured with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by US President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday.

President Biden also recognized several leading American scientists, technologists, and innovators during this prestigious award ceremony.

Ashok Gadgil received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, while Subra Suresh was presented with the National Medal of Science, one of the highest scientific accolades in the United States.

These awards highlight their exceptional contributions to science, technology, and innovation, all of which have significantly contributed to the nation's well-being.

The achievements of these honoured scientists have had a profound impact on various critical areas. Their work has led to the development of life-saving medical treatments, played a crucial role in combating the opioid epidemic, enhanced food security, and improved accessibility, among other accomplishments. These groundbreaking discoveries are not only transforming the United States but also positively affecting communities worldwide.

The National Medal of Science was established by the US Congress in 1959 and is administered by the US National Science Foundation. It is bestowed by the President of the United States upon individuals who have made outstanding contributions in various fields, including biology, computer sciences, education sciences, engineering, geosciences, mathematical and physical sciences, and social, behavioural, and economic sciences.

The White House emphasized that the awardees represent the very essence of American promise by pushing the boundaries of what is achievable through science and technology. Their innovative solutions have addressed complex challenges, further establishing American leadership in the realms of science, technology, and innovation. These exceptional scientists serve as inspiring figures for the next generation of American minds, demonstrating the potential of science and technology to make the world a better place.

The recent award ceremony at the White House celebrated the outstanding achievements of Ashok Gadgil and Subra Suresh, as well as other accomplished scientists and innovators. Their work has not only benefited the United States but has also left a lasting legacy, inspiring future generations to pursue excellence in the fields of science and technology.

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