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H. Kim Bottomly

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H. Kim Bottomly


Department: Pathology, Immunobiology (Primary); Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (Secondary)

Years active at Yale: 1980-2007

Dr. Bottomly is being recognized for her work as a renowned immunobiologist responsible for fundamental discoveries in her field. She served as deputy provost at Yale and, from 2007 to 2016, was the 13th president of Wellesley College. She has published more than 170 refereed articles in science journals and holds six patents. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Japan Women’s University and was selected as one of the University of Washington’s ‘Wondrous 100’ (top 100 graduates of the past century).

In addition to recognition for strong leadership in excellence in all aspects of academia, Dr. Bottomly has a long-standing keen interest in science education and women in science. She chaired the board of directors of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education and was a member of the advisory council of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the leadership council of the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Olin College of Engineering President’s Council. She currently serves as a trustee for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation.