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.
Oden L. Warren (PhD Physical Chemistry ’93)
Jun Ye (Physics and Astronomy ’91)
Keith R. Yamamoto (Biochemistry ’68)
John Ohlfest (Biology ’01)
John L. Gustafson (MS Mathematics ’80, Ph.D. ’82)
Tetsuro Motoyama (MS Psychology ’75; MS Statistics ’76; PhD Psychology and Statistics ’78; MS Mathematics ’83)
Sallie Keller, statistics (Ph.D)
Darleane Hoffman, chemistry
W. Lynn Watney, geology
Douglas Van Houweling, political science