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Princeton president awarded Radcliffe medal

Shirley M. Tilghman has been named the 2004 Radcliffe Institute Medalist for her work as Princeton's 19th president as well as her achievements in the field of molecular biology.

The medal has been presented annually since 1987 to honor those "whose lives and work have had a significant impact on society." The institute cited Tilghman's groundbreaking discoveries at the National Institutes of Health, her efforts with the Human Genome Project and her leadership on behalf of women in science.

"I am deeply honored to receive this year's Radcliffe Institute Medal," said Tilghman, who was a faculty member at Princeton for 15 years before being named president in 2001. "The Radcliffe Institute, in its short existence, has become a vital intellectual center for Harvard faculty in all the disciplines and a haven for visiting fellows. I am proud to be included in the distinguished group of women who have been recognized with this prize in years past."

Tilghman was honored at the annual Radcliffe Day luncheon on June 11 during Harvard University's Commencement/Reunion Week. Past recipients of the medal include Madeleine Albright, Alice Walker, Janet Reno and Billy Jean King.

Tilghman also received an honorary doctoral degree at Harvard's Commencement exercises on June 10, along with Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton professor of psychology and public affairs and a recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics. Others awarded honorary degrees were Kofi Annan, Margaret Atwood, J. Michael Bishop, Robert Carter, Suzanne Farrell, Frank Kermode and Edward Wilson.

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