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TO BROADCAST THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE AWARDS
…Sunday, June 29 at 7 pm on TV12…
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
AWARDS , a one-hour program about the 2003 Benjamin Franklin
Medal and Bower Award Laureates ceremony, will be broadcast
on TV12 on Sunday, June 29 at 7:00 pm.
The program interweaves
scenes from the awards ceremony, held in April 2003 at The Franklin
Institute, with feature segments about each of the award recipients
and an in depth look at the long and rich history of The Franklin
Institute. It will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, July 2 at 10:30
Laureates are recognized
for their distinguished achievements in the fields of aviation,
chemistry, civil engineering, computers and cognitive science,
earth sciences, electrical engineering, life sciences and physics.
The Bower Award winners
are Paul B. MacCready, who created a series of innovations in
the field of aviation that expanded the frontiers flight science
and technology and Herbert D. Kelleher, the founder and chairman
of the board for Southwest Airlines, for his business leadership.
Under Kelleher’s direction, Southwest Airlines has realized
29 consecutive years of growth and profitability.
The 2003 Benjamin Franklin
Medal laureates include: Jane Goodall for her pioneering studies
with chimpanzees; Bishnu Atal for his important work on voice
coding, including the concept of speech analysis-by-synthesis
coding; and John McCarthy for his multiple contributions to
the foundations of artificial intelligence and computer science,
including the development of the LISP language.
Widely regarded as the
American Nobel Prizes, The Franklin Institute Awards are among
the oldest comprehensive science and technology awards programs
in the world. Reflecting the spirit of discovery embodied by
Benjamin Franklin, the awards have recognized preeminent accomplishment
in science and technology on an international level since the
Institute was founded in 1824. Previous laureates include: Stephen
Hawking, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and the Wright brothers.
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
AWARDS was produced by WHYY-TV. Trudi Brown is executive producer
and Kathryn Goree.
Funding for THE FRANKLIN
INSTITUTE AWARDS was provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Department of Community and Economic Development.