Honorees

ARCS SCIENTISTS OF THE YEAR

Each year, to reinforce ARCS Foundation's interest in scientific excellence, the San Diego Chapter recognizes an individual scientist for their outstanding achievement in the scientific arena.  Past recipients of this award include:

2017 Dr. Karen E. Nelson
President, J. Craig Venter Institute

2016 Dr. Lawrence Goldstein
Distinguished Professor, UCSD School of Medicine

2015 Gregory T. Lucier
Former Chairman & CEO, Life Technologies Corporation

2014 Dr. V. S. Ramachandran
Director, Center for Brain and Cognition
University of California, San Diego

2013 Dr. Eric J. Topol
Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute
Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health
Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute

2012 Dean Kamen
Scientist, Innovator, Entrepreneur

2011 Dr. Richard C. Atkinson
President Emeritus, University of California, San Diego

2010 Dr. J. Craig Venter
Founder, Chairman & President
J. Craig Venter Institute

2009 Dr. Erminia Guarneri
Founder and Medical Director
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

2008 Dr. Bruce Margon
Vice Chancellor for Research
University of California, Santa Cruz

2007 Dr. John C. Reed
President & CEO
Burnham Institute for Medical Research

2006 Dr. Ivor Royston
Oncologist, Entrepreneur,
Venture Capitalist & Philanthropist
Co-Founder, Forward Ventures

2005 Burt Rutan
President & CEO, Scaled Composites, LLC

2004 Dr. Sydney Brenner
Distinguished Professor
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

2003 Dr. Marcia McNutt
President & CEO
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2002 Dr. Richard A. Lerner 
President,The Scripps Research Institute

2001 Dr. Dean Ornish
Founder, President and Director
Preventive Medicine Research Institute of Sausalito

2000 Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs
Chairman and CEO, QUALCOMM

1999 Dr. Francis H. C. Crick
Nobel Laureate
Distinguished Research Professor
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

1998 Dr. Gail K. Naughton
President and Chief Operating Officer
Advanced Tissue Sciences, Incorporated

1997 Dr. Kurt Benirschke
Professor Emeritus of Pathology & Reproductive Medicine
University of California, San Diego, Medical Center

1996 Dr. Floyd Bloom
Chairman, Department of Neuropharmacology
The Scripps Research Institute
Editor-in-Chief, Science Magazine

1995 Dr. Carolyn and Dr. Eugene Shoemaker
Co-discoverers, Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet

1994 Dr. Gerald M. Edelman
Nobel laureate
The Scripps Research Institute

1993 Professor Walter Munk
Geophysicist
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

1992 Dr. Paul MacCready
Inventor, Gossamer Condor

1991 Admiral James D. Watkins
Secretary, U. S. Department of Energy

1990 Dr. Sally K. Ride
 Astronaut
Professor of Physics
University of California, San Diego

1989 Dr. Simon Ramo
Cofounder, TRW, Incorporated

1988 Dr. Cecil H. Green
Cofounder, Texas Instruments, Incorporated

1987 Dr. Allen E. Puckett
Chairman Emeritus, Hughes Aircraft Company

Dr. Karen E. Nelson - 2017
Dr. Lawrence Goldstein - 2016
Dr, Mimi Guarneri - 2009
Professor Walter Munk - 1993
Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs - 2000
Dr. Craig Venter - 2010
Dr. Eric J. Topol - 2013
Dr. Francis H. C. Crick - 1999
Dr. Sally K. Ride - 1990