White House hon­ors UT re­searchers

Two are among 12 peo­ple to be awarded Na­tional Medal of Sci­ence.

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The UT hon­orees are Allen Bard, a pro­fes­sor of chem­istry, and John Good­e­nough, a pro­fes­sor of en­gi­neer­ing.

Bard is known for var­i­ous dis­cov­er­ies and in­ven­tions in­volv­ing the in­ter­play of elec­tric­ity, light and chem­i­cals. For ex­am­ple, he in­vented the scan­ning elec­tro­chem­i­cal mi­cro­scope, which pro­vides high-res­o­lu­tion chem­i­cal imag­ing.

Good­e­nough devel­oped ma­te­ri­als used in lithium-ion bat­ter­ies for cell­phones, hy­brid cars and a host of other ubiq­ui­tous goods.

Obama also named 11 in­ven­tors, none from the state of Texas, as re­cip­i­ents of the Na­tional Medal of Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion.

The sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy medals are the high­est hon­ors be­stowed by the U.S. government on sci­en­tists, engi­neers and in­ven­tors. Re­cip­i­ents will re­ceive their awards at a White House cer­e­mony early next year.

“I am proud to honor th­ese in­spir­ing Amer­i­can in­no­va­tors,” Obama said in a state­ment. “They rep­re­sent the in­ge­nu­ity and imag­i­na­tion that has long made this na­tion great — and they re­mind us of the enor­mous im­pact a few good ideas can have when th­ese cre­ative qual­i­ties are un­leashed in an en­tre­pre­neur­ial en­vi­ron­ment.”

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