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Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

The Franklin Institute has issued a call for nominations for the 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. This award is presented annually by The Franklin Institute to an outstanding member of the international scientific community for exceptional work in the basic, applied, or engineering sciences. A gold medal and $250,000 cash prize are bestowed upon the individual selected to receive this distinguished award.

The theme of the 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is Perturbations of Natural Systems in the Anthropocene. The Franklin Institute seeks nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding and quantifying perturbations of natural systems within the biosphere, atmosphere, or hydrosphere in the age of the Anthropocene. Nominations should recognize fundamental contributions that emphasize large-scale modeling or synthesis of observational data in order to provide insights into these systems within the recent past and into the near future. Such insights may come from investigating time scales of minutes to millennia and study across multiple disciplines.

E-mails indicating intent to nominate can be sent to and are due by April 30, 2016. The deadline for completed nominations is May 31, 2016.  For instructions on nominating a candidate for the 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, please visit

Questions about the appropriateness of a particular nomination are welcome and may be directed to Dr. Frederic Bertley, senior vice president for science and education, at