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Two Philadelphia scientists to receive John Scott Award

September 25, 2017

The John Scott award has a long history of highly distinguished recipients. Dr. Saul Perlmutter, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley and Senior Fellow of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who won the Scott award in 2005, won the Nobel Prize for Physics this year. (2011) He was awarded the Nobel "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae." Dr. Perlmutter received the John Scott Award "for his contributions to the discovery of some of the most distant supernovae and for making the first measurements of the cosmological constant. His work has led to unlocking the secrets of our universe and to developing promising new technologies that can have major impacts on basic science."

Other prior honorees include Dr. Christian J. Lambertsen (2010) for his invention of the underwater breathing apparatus known as SCUBA; Dr. Bert Vogelstein (2003) who established a molecular basis for colon cancer; Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg (1998) who studied the relationship of the hepatitis B virus to hepatitis and liver cancer; Jonas E. Salk (1954) for discovering the Salk Poliomyelitis vaccine; and Sir Alexander Fleming (1944) for his discovery of Penicillin.

The award, which dates back to 1834, includes a cash prize in addition to a copper medal and a certificate. John J. Egan, Jr., President of the Board of Directors of City Trusts said, "The award to these two remarkable scientists fulfills the original intent of the late John Scott -- which is part of our mission at the Board of Directors of City Trusts -- to carry out those final wishes. We applaud Drs. Glusker and Kuhl for their distinguished careers and are so grateful that the City of Philadelphia also greatly benefited from their passion, curiosity and determination to advance the fields of science and medicine."

Source: Fox Chase Cancer Center