Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, oncologist and author of a pair of New York Times Best Sellers, will be the featured speaker of the 73rd William Jewell College Celebration of Achievement at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City.
An Indian-born American immigrant, Mukherjee is best known for his 2010 book The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. That book won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and later spawned a six-hour series by the documentarian Ken Burns for PBS. More recently, he wrote The Gene: An Intimate History, which reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was named “Best Book of the Year” by both the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. Outside of literature, he is a cancer researcher, oncologist and physician who was awarded the prestigious National Institutes of Health “Challenge Grant” in 2009. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri, the Indian government’s fourth-highest civilian award.
The William Jewell College Celebration of Achievement is designed to further the excellence of the college in its community, support student scholarships and honor distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields. Alumni to be recognized include Dr. Timothy Mottet ’84, provost of Northwest Missouri State University; Dawn Akers Stout ’93, vice president and general counsel of Fluor Corporation in Irving, Texas; and Thomas “Buzz” Willard ’76, president and CEO of Tower Properties, Kansas City, and vice chairman of the Commerce Trust Company. The honorees will speak at Convocation on the Jewell campus at 10:15 a.m. on March 3.
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