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National Medal Winners

Winners of the National Medal of Arts, National Humanities Medal, and National Medals of Science and Technology

National Medal of Arts

Established by Congress in 1984, the National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.

National Humanities Medal

The National Humanities Medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the country’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.

National Medals of Science and Technology

The National Medal of Science (first awarded in 1963) and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (established by Congress in 1980 and originally called the National Medal of Technology) represent the highest honors for achievement in science and technology bestowed by the president of the United States.

National Medal of Science

National Medal of Technology