Honors for lifetime achievements

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Thomas Hughes (1989)

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Lee Copeland

Thomas P. Hughes, Ph.D., Mellon Professor Emeritus of History and Sociology of Science, has become the first historian and one of only a few Americans to receive an honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Hughes received the honor along with three other recipients in a ceremony at Stockholm City Hall Nov. 10. The institute cited Hughes for his “groundbreaking contributions to the history of technology,” including noted works on the history of electricity and society and on major inventors.
Hughes, who joined the Penn faculty in 1973, helped establish the institute’s history of technology department, now considered one of the best in the world.

Lee Copeland, FAIA, Paley Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Planning, is the recipient of the 2001 Topaz Medallion, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The award is given annually to honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions to architectural education for at least 10 years. The award recognizes Copeland’s dedication to both the practice of architecture and the education of architects. Copeland served as Dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts from 1979 to 1991.

Marjorie A Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., chairperson of family practice and community medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, received this year’s Thomas W. Johnson Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians. The award recognizes those who have significantly contributed to education and family practice in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education. Since Bowman’s arrival at Penn in 1996, her department has started an academic fellowship, a family practice residency, a clerkship in family medicine and a family practice research program.

Originally published on January 18, 2001