Also among the honorees is Edward Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ. Witten, a theoretical physicist, was one of the creators of string theory. His deep insight into physics and the mathematics used to describe physical situations has led to significant developments in mathematics itself. Witten is a member of the American Mathematical Society.
The other recipients of the National Medals of Science were James E. Darnell, Jr. of Rockefeller University (Biology), Evelyn M. Witkin of Rutgers University (Biology), John I. Brauman of Stanford University (Chemistry), Leo L. Beranek of BBN Technologies (Engineering), Richard L. Garwin of Council on Foreign Relations (Physical Sciences, Policy), and W. Jason Morgan of Princeton University (Geohysics).
For more about the award and the winners, visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/03/pr03121.htm.