As the world celebrates the recent announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize winners, the soon-to-open Perot Museum of Nature and Science today welcomed two glorious additions – the donation of a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine from Alfred Gilman, Ph.D., M.D., and the loan of a Nobel Peace Prize from the family of the late Norman E. Borlaug, Ph.D. When the Perot Museum opens on December 1, 2012, these much-heralded medals – considered the world’s most prestigious honor bestowed upon an individual or an institution – will be installed and on view in the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall.
“At the Perot Museum, where our mission is to inspire minds through nature and science, a Nobel Prize symbolizes the world’s greatest achievements,” said Nicole G. Small, Eugene McDermott CEO. “It’s a tremendous honor, and we are enormously grateful that Dr. Gilman and Dr. Borlaug’s family have entrusted the Perot Museum to display these treasured medals.”
Dr. Gilman, who attended today’s presentation, shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Martin Rodbell “for their discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells”. Dr. Borlaug was often called the “father of the Green Revolution.” He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work as an American agronomist and humanitarian. His family members, including numerous grandchildren, attended the presentation.
“This building and its contents are a fabulous gift to Dallas by the Perot family and others and by Nicole Small and the many people who worked with her to make it happen,” said Dr. Gilman. “Who would have thought that I would be able to make this very small contribution, but it gives me enormous pleasure to do so, with the hope that it will inspire youngsters to look at the medals and say ‘I can do that!’”
“The Borlaug Family is pleased to loan the Nobel Peace Prize to the Perot Museum. My grandfather would be honored to have his medal available in a museum that’s mission is to inspire both young and old to pursue careers in science,” said Julie Borlaug, associate director for external relations at the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. “My grandfather was many things – a teacher, a warrior against hunger, but first and foremost, he was a scientist. And his most potent view of science was that man’s most advanced knowledge and technology should be used to battle hunger and poverty.”
Small believes the Nobel Prize medals will motivate children and adults alike to pursue science careers, inspiring them to follow in the footsteps of Drs. Gilman and Borlaug to someday become Nobel Prize winners.
“Because of TI’s own history of innovation, we are proud that these Nobel medals will be on view in the new Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall,” said Ann Pomykal, executive director of the Texas Instruments Foundation. “We hope that visitors to the Perot Museum not only learn about science and engineering but become the next generation of innovators who unlock the possibilities for our lives and the world as it could be.”
The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded annually for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award. Only 839 Laureates and 24 organizations have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2012. Of them, 71 are Laureates in Economic Sciences. A small number of individuals and organizations have been honored more than once, which means that 835 individuals and 21 unique organizations have received the Nobel Prize in total.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org.
About the Perot Museum
Accredited by the American Museum Association, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185-million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, will open December 1, 2012. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50-million gift announced in May 2008 by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit perotmuseum.org.