George Church Wins Bower Award

Academy member and professor of genomics at Harvard Medical School, Church is recognized by the Franklin Institute for achievements in science.

Academy member George Church, a professor of genomics at Harvard Medical School and Director of PersonalGenomes.org, will be awarded the 2011 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science for innovative and creative contributions to genomic science, including the development of DNA sequencing technologies, as well as for his subsequent efforts to promote personal genomics and synthetic biology.

Begun in 1990 by the Franklin Institute, the Bower Awards were made possible by a $7.5 million bequest from the noted Philadelphia chemical engineer Henry Bower. One of the most robust science prizes in the country, the Bower Award for Achievement in Science, which will be made in April 2011, carries a cash prize of $250,000.