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2021 Predictive Strength of Atwater Values at the Biology: Behavior Interface
Richard D. Mattes, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
2019 Lessons in the Tradition of Atwater
George A. Bray, Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and Visiting Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute in Oakland, California
2018 From Measuring Rods and Calipers to Big Data: The Study of Human Body Composition Grows Up
Steven B. Heymsfield, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Body Composition-Metabolism Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
2017 Traveling the Road From Precision to Imprecision - Have I Gone in the Wrong Direction?
  Dennis M. Bier, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine
2016 How can nutrition scientists help reverse the obesity epidemic?
  Susan B. Roberts, Professor of psychiatry, Tufts Medical School, and Professor of Nutrition and Director, Energy Metabolism Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University
2015 Food is not a talisman: Reflections on the science and practice of nutrition
  Joanne L. Slavin, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota
2014 Energetics and Obesity: Epistemological, Evidentiary, and Social Challenges in Advancing Knowledge
  David B. Allison, Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center; Associate Dean for Science, School of Public Health and Distinguished Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2013 How Can We Make Diet Relevant in the Age of Powerful Drugs?
  David J.A. Jenkins, Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism, Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
2012 From Instinct to Intellect: 150 Years in the Evolution of Energy Balance in Man
  James O. Hill, Professor of pediatrics and medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver and director, Center for Human Nutrition, Denver
2011 Driving from Vitamin A to Zinc During the Genomic Revolution
  Robert J. Cousins, Director of the Center for Nutritional Sciences and Joinst professor of biochemistry at the University of Florida
2010 Retinoids and Carotenoids: A Journey in Human Biology
  Robert M. Russell, Special expert to the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health
2009 Individualized Nutrition: How Genes, Epigenetics and Sex Interact to Create a Dietary Requirement for the Nutrient Choline
  Steven H. Zeisel, Director, Nutrition Research Institute, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2008 Nutrients and the Problem of Proof
  Robert P. Heaney, Professor of Medicine, Osteoporosis Research Center, Creighton University Medical Center
2007 High Satiety: Eating Less in an Obesigenic Environment
  Barbara J. Rolls, Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University
2006 Color, Critters, and Cancer
  John W. Erdman, Jr., Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois
2005 Human Energy Requirements: From Atwater to Doubly Labeled Water
  Dale A. Schoeller, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2004 Challenges of Translating Research Knowledge Into Solutions for Health Problems: Zinc as an Example
  Janet C. King, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, California
2003 Defining Nutrient Requirements from a Perspective of Bone-Related Nutrients
  Connie M. Weaver, Distinguished Professor, Department of Foods & Nutrition, Purdue University
2002 The Metabolic Role of Vitamin K: An Historical and Future Perspective
  John Suttie, Katherine Berns Van Donk Steenbock Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2001 Human Nutrient Requirements: A Critical Knowledge Base Challenged by the Post-Genome Era
  Vernon Young, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2000 Rationale for Infant Feeding Recommendations
  Samuel J. Fomon, Emeritus Professor, Department of Pediatrics College of Medicine, University of Iowa
1999 The Third Century of Nutrition Research policy  - Shared Responsibility
  Jacqueline Dupont, Professor, Florida State University, Retired ARS National Program Leader for Human Nutrition
1998 Nutrition of the Poor: Who Suffers? Who Benefits?
  Jean-Pierre Habicht, James Jamison Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, Cornell University
1997 The Food Supply, Its Science, and Mankind
  Sanford A. Miller Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
1996 Health Care Restructuring and Dietetics: Renaissance or Requiem for the Profession
  Johanna T. Dwyer, Director, Frances Stern Nutrition Center, New England Medical Center Tufts University School of Medicine
1995 Consuming Passions: Energy Regulation, Biological Revolution, and Political Realities
  M.R.C. Greenwood, Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
1994 Foods, Vitamins and Policy: The Folate Case
  Irwin H. Rosenberg, Jean Mayer Professor in Nutrition, Physiology, and Medicine, Tufts University, and Director of USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
1993 The Life and Times of W.O. Atwater Centennial
  Kenneth J. Carpenter, Distinguished Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
1992 The Irresistible Fascination of Carotenoids and Vitamin A
  James A. Olson, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Iowa State University
1991 Why Calories Count
  R. Gaurth Hansen, Distinguished Provost Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and Food Sciences and Biochemistry, Utah State University
1990 The Science And The Practice Of Nutrition: Reflections And Directions
  Alfred E. Harper, E.V. McCollum Professor of Nutrition, University of Wisconsin
1989 The Many Faces Of Nutrition Education
  Helen A. Guthrie, Professor and Head, Nutrition Department, The Pennsylvania State University.
1988 John E. Kinsella, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Food Chemistry and General Foods Distinguished Professor of Food Science, Cornell University
1987 Malden C. Nesheim, Director, Division of Nutrition, Cornell University
1986 Atwater: A Personal Tribute from the United Kingdom
  Elsie Widdowson, Department of Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, England
1985 Nutrition: The Changing Scene
  Mark Hegsted, Professor of Nutrition, New England Regional Primate Research Centerr
1984 Zinc: Essentiality For Brain Development And Function
  Harold H. Sandstead, Director, North Atlantic Area, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
1983 Energy in Human Nutrition: Perspectives and Problems
  George H. Beaton, Professor of Nutrition Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
1982 Edwin M. Foster, Director, Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin
1981 Nutrition, Stimulation, Mental Development and Learning
  Joaquin Cravioto, Professor of Pediatrics and Scientific Director, National Institute for Children's Health Sciences and Technology, Mexico City, Mexico
1980 Overweight, Obesity, Coronary Heart Disease and Mortality
  Ancel Keys, Professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota
1979 The Vitamin D system in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus metabolism
  Hector F. DeLuca, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin
1978 Clinical Nutrition - Where Human Ecology and Internal Medicine Meet
  Robert E. Olson, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, St. Louis University
1977 Through a Glass Darkly: Discerning the Practical Implications of Human Dietary Protein-Energy Interrelationships
  Nevin S. Scrimshaw, Institute Professor and Head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1976 Food Science: Past, Present and Future
  Emil M. Mrak, Chancellor Emeritus, University of California at Davis
1975 Nutrition Science: An Overview of American Genius
  William J. Darby, President, The Nutrition Foundation, Inc.
1974 Nutrition and Numbers in the Third World
  J. George Harrar, President Emeritus, Rockefeller Foundation
1973 Marina N. Whitman, Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
1971 Decision Making in the Biological Field
  Jean Mayer, Professor of Nutrition and Lecturer on the History of Public Health, Harvard University
1970 Can Man Shape His Future?
  Philip Handler, President, National Academy of Sciences, and Chairman, National Research Council
1969 Electrons, Defense, and Regulation
  Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Director, Institute for Muscle Research, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
1968 Some Central Nutritional Problems Of The Present Time
  Artturi I. Virtanen, Director, Biochemical Research Institute, Helsinki, Finland