NEW YORK, April 24 - Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, is to be awarded the $500,000 Lemelson MIT prize tonight at an invitation-only ceremony to be held by the Lemelson-MIT Foundation at Boston's John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
The prize which was established in 1994 by the late inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife, honors inventors through the world's largest cash prize for invention every year. Hood was awarded the prize for his invention of the automated DNA sequencer, protein sequencing and synthesis devices, and an automated DNA synthesis tool, the foundation said. Hood is also being honored by his commitment to science education reform. Hood has worked to establish an improved K-12 science education program in the
"He is not only a pioneer that has changed the course of biology, but also a mentor with a true dedication to getting K-12 students interested and excited about science," professor Merton flemings, director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, said in a statement.