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The National Medal of Technology



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The Medal celebrates the extraordinary achievements of American trailblazers,

"...for their vision, their genius and their constant commitment to making America a better place and the world a better place."
– President William J. Clinton (July 26, 1996)

The American spirit of innovation has always been at the heart of our country's economic strength and prosperity. As a new century approaches, we are challenged to keep expanding the frontiers of knowledge to maintain our nation's global competitiveness. The National Medal of Technology recognizes American innovators whose vision, intellect, creativity and sheer determination have made profound and lasting contributions to our economy and quality of life.

Established by Congress in 1980 as part of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act, the Medal is awarded for technological breakthroughs resulting in the creation of new or significantly improved products, processes or services. The President of the United States first presented this prestigious award in 1985.

    Fast Facts
  • Presidential award established in 1980 and made each year since 1985
  • Recognizes individuals, teams and companies for achievements in:
    • product and process innovation
    • technology transfer
    • technology management
    • human resource development
    • advanced manufacturing technology
  • Awarded to 120 individuals and 12 companies through 2000
  • Administered by the U. S. Department of Commerce

James C. Morgan receiving the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1996.

James C. Morgan receiving the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1996.

 
 
 
 
Irwin M. Jacobs receiving the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Irwin M. Jacobs receiving the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1993.

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