2010: Ho Kwon Ping

Ho Kwon Ping (“KP”) is Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, which is engaged in the development of hotels, resorts, and spas, amoung other things. KP is Chairman of Singapore Management University and serves on the Asia-Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy, the Global Advisory Council of London Business School, the International Council of the Asia Society, the INSEAD International Council, and the Management Board of the Middle East Institute. KP has been honoured with an Innovation Award (HICAP), the Travel Personality of the Year Award (Travel Trade Gazette), 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow (World Economic Forum), Business Week's 25 Stars of Asia, the Entrepreneurship Award (London Business School); Lifetime Achievement Award (Advertising Hall of Fame), Lifestyle, Hospitality, & Retail Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young); CEO of the Year (Singapore Corporate Awards), Hotelier of the Year (Stylemaker Awards), Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award (China Hotel Investment Summit), and the Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore Management University).

2009: Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street JournalForbes calls him “the ultimate thinking machine.” Inc. Magazine calls him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS includes him as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America.” Ray is the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Among Ray’s many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest for innovation; the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology; and in 2002, he was inducted into the US Patent Office's National Inventor's Hall of Fame.

2008: Tony Buzan

Tony Buzan, the creator of Mind Map techniques, has worked with: corporate entities and businesses all over the world; academics; Olympic athletes; children of all ages; governments; and high profile individuals, in teaching them how to maximise the use of their brain power. A prolific author, he has written more than 90 books, with sales in over 150 countries; his books have been translated into at least 33 languages. Tony Buzan is a familiar celebrity on Radio and TV, both in the UK and globally, with a long list of credits to his name. He has also found time in his busy schedule to create the World Memory Championships and is a prize-winning poet and athlete. Tony is living proof that his theories really work. He is a passionate advocate of healthy eating combined with mind and body exercise to achieve the most out of life, and is often to be seen expertly sculling in the early morning mists on the River Thames.

2006: Allen H. Bar

Dr. Allen H. Bar receives this recognition for his almost 40 years as a mentor to generations of physicians -- particularly surgeons. Dr. Allen H. Bar has refined, disseminated, and changed the way surgical rotations are conducted and has infused creativity and innovation into medical education. Dr. Bar puts the med students into a creative problem solving method where they begin their diagnostic pathway by questioning the patient, brainstorming possible reasons for symptoms, using this data (including lab results) to identify the real problem, engaging in Socratic discourse with Dr. Bar and their fellow students to catalogue possible diagnoses, and over time verify their diagnosis and plan of treatment. Through this approach, Dr. Bar promotes creative problem solving among his residents, who then carry that attitude and learning into their future careers.

2003: Willem J. Kolff

Dr. Willem J. Kolff was a distinguished professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Utah. He used his skills as an entrepreneur, researcher, inventor, and writer to become known as the "Father of Artificial Organs." Born in Holland, he developed the first practical artificial kidney machine during the German occupation of the Netherlands, with materials scrounged from a local factory and carefully concealed from the Nazis. The artificial kidney dialysis machine Kolff invented has been perfected through a series of improvements so that there are an estimated 55,000 people in the U.S. with end-stage renal disease that are being kept alive by this invention or a subsequent modification of it. During his life, he has received more than 100 awards and published more than 600 articles.

2002: Morris I. Stein 

Dr. Stein is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at New York University. Known as Moe to his colleagues and students, Dr. Stein is one of the founding fathers of creativity research. He has written numerous articles and given presentations all over the world. He has authored and edited over a dozen books. His two-volume work, Stimulating Creativity has become a canon in the literature of the field.

2000: William Edward "Ned" Herrmann 

Ned Herrmann (1922-1999) was known as a brain and creativity pioneer. In 1970, Herrmann was named Manager of Management Education for General Electric where he began his groundbreaking study of creative human development and learning which resulted in the formation of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI). He has authored several books outlining his findings and received numerous awards. A prolific artist, he painted and sculpted over 600 works of art and also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.

1999: John Glenn 

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 and then 36 years later as a payload specialist on Discovery. His careers in between were in private industry, most notably as an executive with the Royal Crown Cola company, and as US Senator from Ohio.

1998: Raymond V. Damadian, M.D. 

Dr. Damadian not only invented the MRI that has revolutionized the field of diagnostic medicine, but founded a company in 1978, FONAR Corporation, to bring his invention to reality. The MRI is not being manufactured for a worldwide market. Dr. Damadian attended the Julliard School of Music for 8 years where he studied the violin. He holds a M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and received the National Medal of Technology from President Reagan in 1988.

1997: The Carter Center

Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter founded The Carter Center in 1982 to resolve conflict, promote peace and human rights, and fight disease, hunger, and poverty. The nonprofit Center has more than two dozen programs that impact the lives of people in some 65 countries. By working hand-in-hand with individuals, governments, and organizations with similar goals, The Carter Center is committed to helping those in need to improve their own lives.

1996: Earl Bakken 

Earl Bakken is the inventor of the first wearable heart pacemaker. He was Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Medtronic, Inc., the major driving force behind the worldwide use of the implantable pacemaker for human heart stimulation. He has been involved in the creation of a hospital that combines allopathic and complementary medicine.

1995: Jack S. Kilby

Jack Kilby is the inventor of the microchip which laid the foundation for the entire field of modern microelectronics, the basis of sophisticated high-speed computers and other "miracles" of today's information age. He went on to pioneer military, industrial, and commercial applications of microchip technology.

1994: E. Paul Torrance 

Dr. Torrance is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia and one of the pioneers in education and creativity research, studying the identification, development and utilization of creative talent. He has written many books and articles in the field of creativity. He has developed a battery of tests to measure mental abilities in creative thinking. His tests have been translated into a dozen languages and administered around the world.

1994: William R. Nash 

Dr. Nash envisioned the American Creativity Association and put together its Charter Board of Directors. Dr. Nash is Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology, after having served 36 years at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M University, he established a Ph.D. program on "Studies of Intelligence, Creativity, and Giftedness" and Chaired and Co-Chaired over 50 Ph.D. graduates. He has served as President of the National Association for Gifted Children and established a summer program for gifted and talented teenagers at Texas A&M. He has been awarded Texas A&M's Former Students Association's Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Continuing Education, the College of Education and Human Development's Advisory Council's Extraordinary Service Award, and the President's Award from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for outstanding service to education in the state of Texas.

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