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NIST Portrait Gallery

Composite image of nine black-and-white head shots shows Portrait Gallery honorees.
2021 Portrait Gallery honorees: Herbert S. Bennett, Richard R. Cavanagh, Belinda L. Collins, Donna F. Dodson, Ernest L. Garner, K. Robert Glenn, Margaret C. Kline, W. Timothy Polk, Robert D. Shull
Credit: NIST

The NIST Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Scientists, Engineers and Administrators honors NBS/NIST alumni for outstanding career contributions to the work of NBS/NIST. Portraits and biographies of those selected are displayed in the corridor of the NIST cafeteria at Gaithersburg, and in the Digital Portrait Gallery at NIST Gaithersburg and NIST Boulder sites. 

This year's list of Portrait Gallery honorees is available at 2021 Portrait Gallery Honorees. Instructions for attending the virtual ceremony on Oct. 22, 2021, are available online, along with the Program Brochure

Any current or former NBS/NIST staff member may nominate a candidate for the Portrait Gallery. Nominations are welcome for alumni who were scientists, engineers or administrators.

Candidates who have been nominated in previous years, but not selected, may be nominated again, but no candidate may be nominated in more than two successive years. For example, candidates may again be nominated in a fourth year or later, so long as they are not nominated in more than two successive years. Re-submission should be seen as an opportunity for the nominator to improve the nomination of a worthy candidate.

Nomination instructions and an example are available from the SAA website. Please address questions to the Standards Alumni Association at portrait_gallery [at] or the Portrait Gallery Committee at bjlide [at] Please note that prior contact information for the SAA Office (Room A-42 Admin, Mail Stop 0952, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-0952, telephone 301-975-2486, email alumni [at] is currently not operational. 

Portrait Gallery honorees through 2021 (PDF)

Created September 16, 2010, Updated October 13, 2021