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Donor Spotlight

Robert and Anne James

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has received a $2,000,000 gift to establish the James Prize in Science and Technology Integration. The prize was made possible through a generous donation from Robert “Bob” James.

This prize will recognize outstanding contributions made by researchers who are able to adopt or adapt information or techniques from outside their own fields, and thus integrate knowledge from two or more disciplines in order to solve a major contemporary challenge not addressable from a single disciplinary perspective.

Most prizes recognize scientists for their work in one field, and those who work across domains can be overlooked. James believes "adapting ideas from other areas can inspire creative ways to solve problems, better, quicker, and cheaper.” Even at the age of 12, Bob was exhibiting this skill himself. In February of 1949, Pathfinder published a story on him describing his ability to create “sturdy, custom-made furniture” from a “pile of junk.” Bob said he used his knowledge in engineering and science to transform discarded objects into new usable furniture pieces. Looking back at this article, Bob comments, “this is the very essence of the James Prize.”

“One of the objectives of the new NAS strategic plan is to promote integration across all disciplines of science. We are pleased that Bob James has established this prize to help us advance this goal,” comments NAS President, Marcia McNutt. Read more

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