The IN VIVO Blog knows of at least one VC who won't rest until MIT's Bob Langer gets a Nobel prize.
But perhaps this will satisfy him for a while. Langer, whose lab has seen the birth of many successful start-ups, was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Science.
About the award from the National Science Foundation:
The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.To see what sort of illustrious company Langer is in, go here.
A Committee of 12 scientists and engineers is appointed by the President to evaluate the nominees for the Award. Since its establishment, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 425 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development.
We count Langer as one of those "needs no introduction folks." But if you need an introduction, go to his MIT site.
IN VIVO Blog is guessing this honor is a bigger thrill for Langer than this, but we might have a tough time choosing.
Congratulations to Dr. Langer.