Three World-Renowned Philadelphia Scientists Named as Recipients of the 2013 John Scott Award

Board of City Trusts to present one of America’s oldest and most prestigious science awards, dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Franklin, at formal ceremony on November 22nd

Philadelphia (November 21, 2013)– Three distinguished Philadelphia scientists whose groundbreaking research and innovative surgical and medical practices have benefited thousands of lives throughout the world will be honored this month with the prestigious John Scott Award, one of the top prizes in the world of science and medicine, awarded at Philadelphia’s American Philosophical Society on November 22nd.

The honorees include Dr. P. Leslie Dutton, a biochemist and biophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine whose lifetime of research into the mechanism of electron transport holds the key to fundamental explanations about the energy of all living cells and how to create them.  In addition to Dr. Dutton, two  celebrated physicians will share a second Scott Award for 2013: Dr. N. Scott Adzick, Surgeon-in-Chief at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, for his pioneering contributions to fetal surgery – performing highly complex procedures on babies while still in the womb to correct debilitating or life-threatening birth defects; and Dr. Robert L. Brent, the former Chairman of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University, whose research has led to significant advancements in understanding the genetic and environmental causes of birth defects and cancer.  Below is a summary of coverage from the announcement:

The Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com