March 30 2017

TFI News: The Franklin Institute Awards

Philadelphia has a long history of leading innovation, generating new and progressive ideas, and making those ideas a reality—a legacy set forth by Benjamin Franklin.  The Franklin Institute Awards have publicly recognized and encouraged outstanding accomplishments in science and technology on an international level since the Institute was founded in 1824, and they are recognized right here in the birthplace of science and innovation.  The list of past laureates, many of whom have come to Philadelphia to receive their medals, include Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Jacques Cousteau, and more recently Jane Goodall, Dean Kamen, Michael Dell, and Bill Gates.

This year, the Institute proudly honors nine individuals whose revolutionary discoveries and innovative business leadership have transformed our world.  These scientists and engineers have made enormous strides in their fields, improving the lives of billions of people across the world, and paving the way for a better future.  

Among the seven Benjamin Franklin Medal recipients is Philadelphia geneticist Douglas Wallace, Ph.D., who was the first to show that mutations in mitochondrial DNA can cause a variety of diseases.  The Bower Award for Achievement in Science, which includes a $250,000 prize, is presented to French glaciologist and climate change pioneer Claude Lorius, Ph.D., whose monumental discoveries in Antarctica have significantly impacted our overall understanding of climate and launched an awareness of the effects of global warming.  Alan Mulally, the 2017 Bower Award for Business Leadership recipient engineered one of the most successful business turnarounds in history as CEO of Ford Motor Company.  Mulally, along with eight visionaries in science, technology, and engineering, will be recognized during the annual Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday May 4, 2017. 

For more information on The Franklin Institute Awards and programs and events throughout Awards Week, visit

Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor of the Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

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