KPCC, SCPR to Honor Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances H. Arnold at 2019 Gala, March 16


(LOS ANGELES) – Nov. 26, 2018 – On Saturday, March 16, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and KPCC will host its 2019 Gala, honoring Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances H. Arnold.  Dr. Arnold is the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and she is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

“As a long-time KPCC listener, I am grateful to everyone at KPCC and to all who support public radio, for this key source of balanced news, intelligent commentary, and my kind of entertainment,” said Dr. Arnold.

“We are thrilled to honor Frances Arnold” said Bill Davis, Southern California Public Radio President.  “Dr. Arnold’s work has had a profound impact on the world—and that story is well known.  What is less well-known is the transformative impact she has had as a leader and a role model in the scientific community here in Southern California and beyond.”

Dr. Arnold's pioneering work in directed evolution has been recognized by many awards, including the 2011 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Draper Prize (the first woman to receive it), and a 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.  She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.  She was the first woman to be elected to all three National Academies in the United States – the National Academy of Engineering (2000), the National Academy of Medicine, formerly called the Institute of Medicine (2004), and the National Academy of Sciences (2008).

In 2016, Dr. Arnold became the first woman to win the Millennium Technology Prize, and when she received the 2017 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research, she requested that the $5,000 award be designated to KPCC.

KPCC’s annual Gala is one of greater Los Angeles’ preeminent occasions, celebrating the accomplishments of those whose life’s work has transformed the region.  In past years, the station has paid respect to contributions by individuals such as civil rights attorney Connie Rice; Frank Cruz, the pioneering Latino broadcast journalist; KJLH, LA’s highly influential African-American radio station that is owned by Stevie Wonder, Jaime Jarrin, the Dodgers’ first Spanish-language play-by-play broadcaster; Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles; and June Li, founding curator of the Huntington Library’s Chinese Garden, and Steven Koblik, the former President of the Huntington Library.

Starting at 5 p.m. with a private cocktail reception, followed up by a dinner at 7 p.m., KPCC’s Gala will be held at Downtown LA’s Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites (404 South Figueroa).  This year’s black tie-optional gala will once again feature the music of JT & Friends, a superb 50-plus piece band led by John Tu, CEO of Kingston Technology.

For ticket and table information on the 2019 SCPR/KPCC Gala, visit



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