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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.

Announcements

  • Agnes Matilda Kalibata Honored with 2019 NAS Public Welfare Medal
    The Academy is presenting its 2019 Public Welfare Medal to agricultural scientist, policymaker, and visionary leader Agnes Matilda Kalibata "for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern science and effective policy."
  • 2019 Award Recipients Announced
    We’re pleased to announce the 2019 NAS Award recipients! These 18 individuals are honored for their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

Featured Award

The Michael and Sheila Held Prize is presented annually and carries with it a $100,000 prize. The prize honors outstanding, innovative, creative, and influential research in the areas of combinatorial and discrete optimization, or related parts of computer science, such as the design and analysis of algorithms and complexity theory. This $100,000 prize is intended to recognize recent work (defined as published within the last eight years). The prize was established in 2017 by the bequest of Michael and Sheila Held.

Ola Svensson, School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL, will receive the 2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize. He has delivered a series of groundbreaking new algorithms for the traveling salesman problem, one of the most heavily studied and important questions in theoretical computer science.

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