John J. Wild, M.D., Ph.D., 1998 Annunzio Award

Written by on July 10, 1998 in 1998, Researcher, The Annunzio STEM Leadership Award

John Wild

John J. Wild, M.D., Ph.D.

Medico-Technological Research Institute of Minneapolis
St. Louis Park, MN

Dr. Wild was the first person to receive the $100,000 Frank Annunzio Award in October 1998. Dr. Wild is the pre-eminent pioneer of modern diagnostic medical ultrasound. His creativity, vision and breadth of accomplishment are outstanding in the development of this universally important field of medicine.
In 1949, Dr. Wild discovered that high-frequency pulse-echo ultrasound was reflected by soft biological tissues. Building on this discovery, he created an interdisciplinary research team to develop his concepts for using reflected ultrasound for non-invasive medical diagnosis and assessment.

He is credited with having pioneered the first new medical imaging modality since the discovery of X-rays in 1895. Many recent applications of ultrasonic medical imaging are based on Dr. Wild’s original scientific investigations, instrumentation design and technological contributions in the field.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the Frank Annunzio Awards Evaluation Committee:

Rita Dove, Ph.D. – Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Bob Edwards – Host, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.
Alice Stone Ilchman, Ph.D. – President, Sarah Lawrence College and Chair of the Board, Rockefeller Foundation, Bronxville, NY
Yo-Yo Ma – Cellist, Cambridge, MA
Theodore Sizer, Ph.D. – Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University, Harvard, MA


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