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29 November 2023

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St Hugh’s Honorary Fellow, Professor Subra Suresh, presented with two of the highest scientific honours

Congratulations to Honorary Fellow, Professor Subra Suresh, who has been presented with two awards in recognition of his work in engineering science. The first is the National Medal of Science  bestowed by President of the United States in special recognition for his outstanding contributions in science, in service to the Nation. Established by Congress in 1959 and administered by the US National Science Foundation, the National Medal of Science is America’s highest scientific honour.

Secondly, Professor Suresh has become Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, this is the highest honour that exists in France, both military and civil. Professor Suresh was given this honour in recognition of his work with France over the last four decades and his dedication to improving the human condition and promoting scientific collaboration and friendship with France.

Professor Suresh is a distinguished engineer and scientist, and a member of three US National Academies — Medicine, Sciences and Engineering. He is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Professor Suresh was the 9th President of Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA from 2013 to 2017, and is a former director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Before joining the NSF, Professor Suresh served as the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His work at Carnegie Mellon, involved research into the properties of engineered and biological materials, and their connections to human diseases; and has been published in more than 300 research articles, 25 patent applications and three books.

In 2018 Professor Suresh joined NTU Singapore as its President, returning to the US at the end of 2022 to spend more time with his family.

Photo on right:
Professor Suresh with President Biden during the award ceremony at the White House.

Photo below:
Ambassador of France to the U.S. Laurent Bili presented Dr. Subra Suresh with the insignia of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur

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