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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2011 Honoree

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer and a nineteen-time All Star who won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards.  Recognized as one of the NBA’s ‘Fifty Greatest Players,’ he set NBA all-time records in nine categories. His college accolades include three national championships at UCLA and he is the only player in history to be named ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the Tournament three times.  The NCAA has recognized him as one of the top 100 scholar athletes of the century, ESPN has dubbed him the ‘Greatest Collegiate Player of the 20th Century,’ and Time Magazine has called him ‘History’s Greatest Player.’

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Temple Grandin

2011 Honoree

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a professor, best-selling author, animal behaviorist, and autism self-advocate in top demand as an international speaker. An extraordinary inspiration for autistic children and their parents, she is the subject of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning HBO film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes and Julia Ormond, and she was also one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010.

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Harold E. Varmus

2011 Honoree

Harold Varmus, M.D., shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 with J. Michael Bishop, M.D. for their discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed him as the first Nobel laureate to direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There, he recruited top researchers as directors, helped to initiate a doubling of the NIH budget, and established PubMed Central, a free archive of published papers. In 2000, Dr. Varmus became President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), where he enlarged its research and patient-care programs, constructed a major new research tower, initiated MSKCC’s first independent doctoral program (in cancer biology) and helped to establish the Starr Cancer Consortium with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Rockefeller University, Weill-Cornell Medical College, and the Broad Institute. In 2010, Dr. Varmus became Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), after serving as co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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