Gov't. recognizes U.S. innovators.
President Bush has announced this year's National Medal of Technology winners. The awards, established in 1980, are the nation's highest award for innovation and recognize the significant contributions that America's leading innovators have made to the nation's economic strength and standard of living. This year's honorees are as follows:
* Ralph Henry Baer, Engineering Consultant, Manchester, N.H., was recognized for his groundbreaking and pioneering creation, development, and commercialization of the world of interactive video games.
* Roger Lee Easton. RoBarCo, Canaan, N.H. was recognized for extensive pioneering achievements in spacecraft tracking, navigation and timing technology that led to the development of the NAVSTAR-Global Positioning System (GPS).
* Gen-Probe Inc., San Diego, Calif., was recognized for the development and commercialization of new blood testing technologies for the direct detection of viral diseases.
* The Microelectronics Div. of IBM. Hopewell Junction, N.Y. was recognized for more than four decades of innovation in semiconductor technology, including the development and introduction of the DRAM cell. copper wiring, silicon on insulator (SOI) technology, and highspeed silicon germanium devices.
* Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), San Francisco, Calif., was recognized for more than 28 years of innovations in visual effects technology for the motion picture industry.
* Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, Ill. Motorola is being recognized for more than 75 years of technological achievement and leadership in the development of innovative electronic solutions, which have enabled portable and mobile communications to become the standard across society.
* PACCAR Inc. Bellevue, Wash. was recognized for its pioneering efforts and industry leadership in the development and commercialization of aerodynamic, lightweight trucks that have dramatically reduced fuel consumption and increased the productivity of U.S. freight transportation.
U.S. Technology Administration