Robert Axelrod, National Medal of Science Recipient

On February 18, 2015, National Medal of Science recipient Robert Axelrod was the guest speaker at the Mortara Center to discuss historical perspectives on cyber security.

Robert Axelrod is the first political scientist ever to be honored with the National Medal of Science. Axelrod is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan. He is best known for his interdisciplinary work on the evolution of cooperation, which has been cited more than 30,000 times. His current research interests include international security and sense-making. 

Among his honors and awards are a five year MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences for an outstanding contribution to science, and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War. He also served as President of the American Political Science Association from 2006 to 2007.

Throughout his career, Axelrod has lectured and consulted on promoting cooperation and harnessing complexity for the United Nations, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense, and multiple organizations serving health care professionals, business leaders, and educators.