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NIST Portrait Gallery

The nine Portrait Gallery inductees sit in a row of chairs.
Credit: D. Anderson/NIST
The new inductees (right to left): Sabrina Arif (accepting the honor on behalf of her deceased father, Muhammad Arif), Dale Bentz, Rich Kayser, Bill Ott, Sharon Shaffer, Wing Tsang, Bob Watters, Kendra Wilson (accepting the honor on behalf of her deceased father, Charles Wilson) and Acting PML Director Carl Williams (who accepted the honor on behalf of Dave Wineland, who couldn't attend the ceremony).

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 2019 Portrait Gallery Honorees.

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 Standards Alumni Association (SAA), Room A-42 Admin, Mail Stop 0952, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-0952; telephone 301-975-2486; by email:; or from the SAA website.

Portrait Gallery honorees through 2019 (PDF)

Created September 16, 2010, Updated October 30, 2019