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WHYY TO BROADCAST
…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.
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