Honeywell UOP Scientist Edith Flanigen Receives National Medal of Technology and Innovation From President Obama
UOP, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced Thursday that one of its leading scientists was presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama.
Edith M. Flanigen, a chemist at UOP, was one of eight recipients of the award, which recognizes people and organizations that have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and strengthened the nation’s technological workforce.
“These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Obama said. “Our nation has been enriched by their achievements, and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention.”
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Flanigen’s work with zeolites led to advancements in water purification and environmental remediation. She also invented a process to synthetically manufacture gem-quality emeralds for use in early laser technology and which were subsequently sold in a line of jewelry.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office.
The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. A distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors submits recommendations to the President.
UOP LLC is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.