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President Obama awarded the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation during a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 1 at the White House. University of Maryland Professor of Physics Sylvester James (Jim) Gates is one of 12 recipients of the National Medal of Science this year, one of the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors.
Read the full announcement here and watch the ceremony:
Hear from all of the National Medal of Science and Technology and Innovation Laureates as they discuss their groundbreaking work and the importance of STEM education to prepare America for the jobs of the future: