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Susan Lindquist - Lindquist receives National Medal of Science

President Obama presents nation’s top science awards at White House ceremony Wednesday.
November 18, 2010

President Barack Obama on Wednesday presented Susan Lindquist with the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest science honor, during a White House ceremony.

Lindquist, a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and an MIT biology professor, received the award “for her studies of protein folding, demonstrating that alternative protein conformations and aggregations can have profound and unexpected biological influences, facilitating insights in fields as wide-ranging as human disease, evolution, and biomaterials.”

Video of ceremony

The National Medal of Science, which is awarded annually, was established by Congress in 1959 as a presidential award honoring those who have made “outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences."