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National Science Foundation

ORGANIZATION

US Government agency to promote science policy, founded 1950.

Official Website:
http://www.nsf.gov/

Location:
Arlington, VA

Founding Date:
1950

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Roger Adams
Chemist
2-Jan-1889 6-Jul-1971 Organic chemist at Illinois
Philip W. Anderson
Physicist
13-Dec-1923   Solid state physics
Daniel I. Arnon
Biologist
14-Nov-1910 20-Dec-1994 Photophosphorylation
Bill Bass
Scientist
30-Aug-1928   Human decomposition
Steven C. Beering
Educator
1932   President of Purdue, 1983-2000
Paul Berg
Chemist
30-Jun-1926   Pioneer in recombinant DNA
Ben Bernanke
Economist
13-Dec-1953   Federal Reserve Chairman
Frederick M. Bernthal
Administrator
10-Jan-1943   President, Universities Research Association
Elizabeth H. Blackburn
Scientist
26-Nov-1948   Co-Discoverer of telomerase
Erich Bloch
Business
9-Jan-1925   Director of NSF, 1984-90
Fred Brooks
Computer Programmer
19-Apr-1931   Father of the IBM System 360
Mary Brown Bullock
Historian
c. 1945   President of Agnes Scott College, 1995-2006
Vannevar Bush
Scientist
11-Mar-1890 30-Jun-1974 Pre-internet visionary
Steven Chu
Physicist
28-Feb-1948   US Secretary of Energy
James B. Conant
Educator
26-Mar-1893 11-Feb-1978 President of Harvard, 1933-53
Leon N. Cooper
Physicist
28-Feb-1930   BCS Theory of Superconductivity
Gerty Cori
Scientist
15-Aug-1896 26-Oct-1957 Catalytic conversion of glycogen
James W. Cronin
Physicist
29-Sep-1931   Time not necessarily reversible
Robert F. Curl, Jr.
Chemist
23-Aug-1933   Co-Discovered fullerines
Peter Diamond
Economist
29-Apr-1940   Diamond paradox in economics
John Diebold
Author
8-Jun-1926 26-Dec-2005 Advocate of automation
Ray Milton Dolby
Inventor
18-Jan-1933   Inventor of Dolby stereo
Peter P. Edwards
Chemist
1949   Metal-non-metal transition
Paul Ekman
Psychologist
15-Feb-1934   Facial Action Coding System
Douglas W. Elmendorf
Government
c. 1961   Director, Congressional Budget Office
Martin Feldstein
Economist
25-Nov-1939   Reagan economist
Edmond H. Fischer
Scientist
6-Apr-1920   Protein phosphorylation
Franklin M. Fisher
Economist
13-Dec-1934   Economist at MIT
Robert W. Fogel
Economist
1-Jul-1926   Cliometrics
William A. Fowler
Astronomer
9-Aug-1911 14-Mar-1995 Element generation within stars
Kenichi Fukui
Chemist
4-Oct-1918 9-Jan-1998 Frontier orbitals
Donald A. Glaser
Physicist
21-Sep-1926   Inventor of the bubble chamber
Richard J. Goldstein
Engineer
c. 1936   Fluid mechanics
Stephen Jay Gould
Biologist
10-Sep-1941 20-May-2002 Evolutionary scientist
Donald P. Greenberg
Educator
c. 1933   Prof. of Computer Graphics, Cornell
Zvi Griliches
Economist
12-Sep-1930 4-Nov-1999 Technology, Education, and Productivity
Louis Henyey
Astronomer
3-Feb-1910 18-Feb-1970 Henyey method
Starr Roxanne Hiltz
Sociologist
c. 1943   Mother of on-line education
Roald Hoffmann
Chemist
18-Jul-1937   Woodward-Hoffmann reaction
Bert Hölldobler
Zoologist
25-Jun-1936   Social organizations in insects
Robert W. Holley
Scientist
28-Jan-1922 11-Feb-1993 RNA's role in protein synthesis
Johannes Holtfreter
Zoologist
9-Jan-1901 13-Nov-1992 Chemotaxis
Leroy Hood
Biologist
10-Oct-1938   Systems biology and Human Genome Project
Evelyn Hu
Physicist
c. 1947   Nanoscale device fabrication
Glenn Hubbard
Economist
4-Sep-1958   George W. Bush economist
Dave Hughes
Journalist
c. 1928   Electronic bulletin boards
Brian D. Josephson
Physicist
4-Jan-1940   Discovered the Josephson Effect
Paul L. Joskow
Economist
c. 1946   Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Henry W. Kendall
Physicist
9-Dec-1926 15-Feb-1999 Verified existence of quarks
Donald E. Knuth
Computer Programmer
10-Jan-1938   The Art of Computer Programming
Walter Kohn
Chemist
9-Mar-1923   Density-functional theory
Charles R. LaMantia
Business
c. 1940   CEO of Arthur D. Little, 1988-99
Edward Lazear
Economist
1948   Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors
Willard F. Libby
Chemist
17-Dec-1908 8-Sep-1980 Carbon-14 dating technique
Frank J. Low
Astronomer
23-Nov-1933 11-Jun-2009 Infrared astronomy
Willem J. Luyten
Astronomer
7-Mar-1899 21-Nov-1994 Stellar mortician
Michael E. Mann
Physicist
28-Dec-1965   Climate change scientist
Rudolph A. Marcus
Chemist
21-Jul-1923   Electron-transfer reactions
Hans Mark
Physicist
17-Jun-1929   US Air Force Secretary, 1979-81
Eric Maskin
Economist
12-Dec-1950   Mechanism design theory
Walter E. Massey
Business
5-Apr-1938   Morehouse College president, physicist
Barbara McClintock
Scientist
16-Jun-1902 2-Sep-1992 Discovered transposable genes
William D. McElroy
Biologist
22-Jan-1917 17-Feb-1999 Bioluminescence
James C. Miller III
Economist
25-Jun-1942   Conservative economist
Mario J. Molina
Chemist
19-Mar-1943   Ozone depletion
Dale Mortensen
Economist
2-Feb-1939   Job creation and destruction
Elinor Ostrom
Sociologist
7-Aug-1933 12-Jun-2012 Common-pool resources
William D. Phillips
Physicist
5-Nov-1948   Trapped atoms with laser light
Dixy Lee Ray
Politician
3-Sep-1914 2-Jan-1994 Governor of Washington, 1977-81
Robert C. Richardson
Physicist
26-Jun-1937   Superfluidity of helium-3
Burton Richter
Physicist
22-Mar-1931   Co-Discoverer of J/psi meson
Aviel Rubin
Computer Programmer
8-Nov-1967   Computer security expert at Johns Hopkins
AnnaLee Saxenian
Scholar
c. 1954   Information technologist
Robert Schrieffer
Physicist
31-May-1931   BCS Theory of Superconductivity
Richard R. Schrock
Chemist
4-Jan-1945   Metathesis
Melvin Schwartz
Physicist
2-Nov-1932 28-Aug-2006 Researcher of neutrinos
William R. Sears
Engineer
1-Mar-1913 12-Oct-2002 Airfoil engineer
K. Barry Sharpless
Chemist
28-Apr-1941   Chiral catalysts
Kathryn L. Shaw
Economist
c. 1954   Council of Economic Advisers, 1999-2001
John Shoven
Economist
1947   Stanford economist
Christopher A. Sims
Economist
21-Oct-1942   Statistical theory of time series
Gene Spafford
Computer Programmer
c. 1957   Spaf
A. Michael Spence
Economist
7-Nov-1943   Asymmetric markets
H. Guyford Stever
Educator
24-Oct-1916 9-Apr-2010 President of CMU, 1965-72
Timothy Swager
Chemist
1-Jul-1961   Chemist at MIT
Jack W. Szostak
Scientist
9-Nov-1952   First artificial chromosome
John B. Taylor
Economist
8-Dec-1946   Council of Economic Advisers, 1989-91
Eric F. Wieschaus
Scientist
8-Jun-1947   Embryonic development of fruit flies
Frank Wilczek
Physicist
15-May-1951   Deep structure of matter
Oliver E. Williamson
Economist
27-Sep-1932   Transaction cost economics
Edward O. Wilson
Biologist
10-Jun-1929   Father of Sociobiology
Kenneth G. Wilson
Physicist
8-Jun-1936   Second-order phase transitions
Edward Witten
Physicist
26-Aug-1951   String theorist at Princeton
Leona Woods
Physicist
9-Aug-1919 10-Nov-1986 Physicist at University of Chicago
Ahmed H. Zewail
Chemist
26-Feb-1946   Femtochemistry


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