The 1999 National Medal of Technology; April 2000; Scientific American Magazine; by Staff Editor; 4 Page(s)
On March 14, 2000, in Washington, D. C., President Bill Clinton bestowed the 1999 National Medal of Technology on five distinguished recipients. Since 1985, when the first Medal was awarded, these ceremonies have recognized individuals, teams and corporations who as technological innovators have made lasting contributions to the enhancement of America's economic competitiveness and standard of living.
The Medalist selection program is administered by the Department of Commerce's Office of Technology Policy. An independent committee of experts from the scientific and technological community evaluates the candidates, who are nominated through an open, national, competitive solicitation.