Rita Colwell

Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington

  • President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (until March 1998)
  • 11th Director of the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) (until March 2004)
  • Chairman, Chairman Emeritus, and Senior Scientist of Canon U.S. Life Sciences (until December 2010)
  • March 2008, Distinguished Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, as well as at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (- present)


1984 Member of the National Science Board (until 1990)
August 1998 Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council (until March 2004)
January 2008 President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (until December 2008)
November 2011 Member, Board of Governors, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation (-present)


May 1985 Fisher Award of the American Society for Microbiology
1990 Gold Medal Award of the International Institute of Biotechnology
1993 Phi Kappa Phi National Scholar Award
2006 National Medal of Science, U.S.A.