Marcus, Randolph A., National Medal of Science, 1989
The variety of scientific achievements, including the Marcus Inverted Region
"Science in the United States is so diversified that a substantial number
of such items will probably be needed to do justice to it in this
description of the end of the 20th century. Certainly, the double helix
of Watson and Crick, the landing on the moon, the development of the
transistor, and some description of tectonic plates are among the more
obvious choices...Looking to the future the use of molecules instead of
semiconductors to further miniaturize computers is on possibility...The
genome project is expected to be largely finished as another achievement in the near future. New and significant developments in solar energy conversion can be expected to be another.
"In my own field there is one achievement which I mentioned to
President Clinton in the White House...there was one prediction of my
which took 25 years before it was confirmed by experiments. The Nobel
Committee specifically cited it in their award description , preseumably
because of its presumed role in photosynthesis. I have attached a plot of
those long awaited results..."