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2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards

2012 American Ingenuity Awards

Smithsonian's 2012 Award Winners

We polled the brain trust of the Smithsonian to identify the most innovative individuals working in America today. To make sure we were skating on the cutting edge, we asked for candidates who had achieved a breakthrough that was influential and recent — ideally within the past year. The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards shed light on brilliant new achievements in science, technology, art and society. The nine winners will be presented trophies designed by architect Thom Mayne at a special ceremony on November 28 here in Washington, D.C.

VISUAL ARTS WINNER

SOCIAL PROGRESS WINNER

YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT WINNER

TECHNOLOGY WINNER

PERFORMING ARTS WINNER

PHYSICAL SCIENCES WINNER

HISTORICAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

NATURAL SCIENCES WINNER

Highlights from an inspirational evening honoring all of the award winners

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