John V. Atanasoff Discovery Award

Awarded to alumni of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have significantly advanced scientific knowledge through laboratory accomplishments and/or management.

The award recognizes the achievements of John V. Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry, who invented the world’s first electronic digital computer. At the time of the discovery, Dr. Atanasoff was a faculty member in Iowa State’s Department of Physics. The computer incorporated several major innovations in computing including the use of binary arithmetic, regenerative memory, parallel processing, and separation of memory and computing functions.

Recipients

2017
Srinivas Aluru (’91 MS, ’94 Ph.D. computer science)

2015
Oden L. Warren ('93 Ph.D. physical chemistry)

2014
Jun Ye ('91 physics and astronomy)

2013
Keith R. Yamamoto ('68 biochemistry)

2012
John Ohlfest ('01 biology)

2011
John L. Gustafson ('80 MS, '82 Ph.D. mathematics)

2010
Tetsuro Motoyama ('75 MS psychology; '76 MS statistics; '78 Ph.D. psychology and statistics; '83 MS mathematics)

2009
Sallie Keller, statistics (Ph.D.)

2007
Darleane Hoffman, chemistry

2006
W. Lynn Watney, geology

2005
Douglas Van Houweling, political science