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Home Ralph L. Brinster of the University of Pennsylvania is a 2010 National Medal of Science laureate. He is the first known veterinarian to win this award. (University of Pennsylvania) Ralph L. Brinster of the University of Pennsylvania is a 2010 National Medal of Science laureate. He is the first known veterinarian to win this award. (University of Pennsylvania)

Ralph L. Brinster of the University of Pennsylvania is a 2010 National Medal of Science laureate. He is the first known veterinarian to win this award. (University of Pennsylvania)

Ralph L. Brinster of the University of Pennsylvania is a 2010 National Medal of Science laureate. He is the first known veterinarian to win this award. (University of Pennsylvania)

Ralph L. Brinster of the University of Pennsylvania is a 2010 National Medal of Science laureate. He is the first known veterinarian to win this award. (University of Pennsylvania)

Jacqueline K. Barton, named one of seven recipients of the 2010 National Medal of Science, was an NSF Presidental Young Investigator in 1984 and an Alan T. Waterman awardee in 1985. Barton, the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Techology, is the 40th woman to be awarded the National Medal of Science and the first half of a couple in which both husband and wife have received this highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists.  (Lance Hayashida/Caltech)
2010 National Medal of Science Laureate Richard Alfred Tapia is the second U.S.-born Latino to receive the Medal and a former member of the National Science Board. (Tommy LaVergne/Rice University)