France Anne Córdova

Science Philanthropy Alliance

France Anne Córdova is President of the Science Philanthropy Alliance. She was the first woman to serve as NASA Chief Scientist and as president of Purdue University. She also served as chancellor at UC Riverside and as Director of the NSF. At NSF, she started the Ten Big Ideas program, which included focuses on both breakthrough science and diversity and inclusion, and at UCR she started a new medical school. She was awarded NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, the Kennedy-Lemass Medal from Ireland, the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins from Chile, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Women in Science, and honorary membership in the Royal Irish Academy. She has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame and Stanford University’s Multicultural Hall of Fame. She is a 2000 Kilby Laureate for her “contributions to society through science, technology, innovation, invention and education.” She has chaired the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and served as trustee of the Mayo Clinic. She presently chairs the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Foundation. A nunatak in Antarctica, a Sports & Recreation Center at Purdue, and a cocktail in Las Vegas are named for her.