The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize


Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D. Named Recipient of the 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D.The Rockefeller University has announced that Lucy Shapiro, professor of developmental biology at Stanford University School of Medicine, will receive the 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. The annual award, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding women in science, will be presented to Dr. Shapiro on the campus of The Rockefeller University on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Shapiro is a pioneering developmental biologist whose work on the single-celled Caulobactor bacterium illuminated the mechanisms that control the differentiation of cells in all living things, from the simplest organisms to the most complex.  Her discoveries led to an understanding of how DNA, which exists in a linear dimension, is translated into organisms that exist in three dimensions. Shapiro has garnered many accolades for her work, including the National Medal of Science, presented by President Obama in 2013.

Presenting this year’s Prize is British entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley. Dame Stephanie was one of the first female computer programmers, and the first to take the profession freelance in the 1960s. She founded her own computer software company in 1962, overturning paradigms in the engineering field by hiring almost exclusively women, many of whom worked from home while juggling the demands of family.  She is the founder of the Shirley Foundation, which mainly supports research on autism spectrum disorders, as well as the study of the Internet’s evolving role in society.

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, awarded annually by The Rockefeller University, was established by Dr. Paul Greengard, the University’s Vincent Astor Professor, and his wife, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard. Dr. Greengard donated his monetary share of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Rockefeller and, in partnership with generous supporters of the University, created this major international prize. Named in memory of Dr. Greengard’s mother, who died giving birth to him, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize provides recognition of the accomplishments of women in science.

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