Frances Arnold the US Bioengineer: First Woman to Win Millennium Technology Prize [ Current Affairs ]


The prestigious 2016 Millennium Technology Prize has been won by Bioengineer Frances Arnold from United States (US) and with this she becomes first female to win this prestigious biennial award in its 12-year history.

  • Frances Arnold is selected for this award for her discoveries that launched the field of directed evolution by the Technology Academy Finland (TAF).
  • Her discoveries simulate natural growth to create new and better proteins in the laboratory.

About Frances Arnold:

  • Frances Hamilton Arnold is an internationally recognized scientist, engineer and innovator from US.
  • She had completed her BS degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1979.
  • From the University of California, Berkeley she had completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering.
  • She had founded methods of directed evolution to create useful biological systems counting metabolic pathways, enzymes, genetic regulatory circuits and organisms as a scientist.
  • Awards and Honours:
  1. Draper Prize in 2011
  2. National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2013

About Millennium Technology Prize:

  • The Millennium Technology Prize is one of the world’s largest technology awards.
  • The main aim of this award is to promote technological research and Finland as a high-tech Nordic welfare state.
  • Technology Academy Finland (TAF), an independent fund established in partnership of Finnish state and Finnish industry has founded this awared in 2004.
  • It is awarded twice in year and the President of Finland honored the recipient.

- Published on: May 27, 2016