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The 2007 Bower Award and Prize will be presented to a distinguished scientist in the field of Human-Centered Computing.The Bower Award for Achievements in Science is presented annually by The Franklin Institute to a researcher of any nationality for outstanding work in the applied or basic sciences, or engineering. A predetermined field of study is chosen each year as a theme. A gold medal and a cash prize of $250,000 are awarded to the individual selected to receive the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science.

The theme for the 2007 Bower Award for Achievement in Science is Human-Centered Computing. The organisers are soliciting nominations of individuals who have significantly advanced Human-Centered Computing; who have clarified the relationship between human cognition and computing; or who have successfully translated some important aspect of basic research into significant, practical results. Areas of contribution can include issues of design, collaborative work, and assistive technology.

The Franklin Institute Awards Program is among the oldest and most comprehensive international science and technology awards programs in the world. Previous Franklin Institute Laureates in Computer and Cognitive Science include Marvin Minsky, Lucy Suchman, John McCarthy, Douglas Engelbart, Whitfield Diffie and Noam Chomsky.

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