Sponsored by Polisher Research Institute of the
Abramson Center for Jewish Life (formerly Philadelphia Geriatric Center)
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America
The M. Powell Lawton Award, sponsored by the Polisher Research Institute of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life (formerly Philadelphia Geriatric Center), honors contributions from applied research that have benefited older people and their care. The award is presented annually to a scientist, who presents a lecture at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America the following year and receives a cash award funded by the Abramson Center for Jewish Life.
The award, previously known as the Polisher Research Institute Award, was renamed in 2002 in memory of M. Powell Lawton, Ph.D., for his outstanding contributions to applied gerontological research.
For nomination information, visit www.geron.org/awards/awards.htm.
Dr. M. Powell Lawton:
A World-Renowned Leader in Gerontology Research
M. Powell Lawton, Ph.D. (1923-2001), pictured above, was a senior research scientist and Director Emeritus of the Polisher Research Institute of Philadelphia Geriatric Center (PGC), now the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life. He was one of the country's leading figures in aging research until his death in January 2001.
A behavioral psychologist guided by Quaker ideals of humanitarian service, Dr. Lawton served for 39 years as the Center's first Director of Research. Dr. Lawton was a member of the Gerontological Society of America for over 35 years and served in numerous leadership capacities including President (1986), Vice President (1977-78), Secretary (1969-72), and Fellow.
During his prolific career, Dr. Lawton probed areas of health and well-being in aging. In 1964, a year after Dr. Lawton assumed his new position, he led the nation's first symposium on Alzheimer's disease under the auspices of the Center's Home for the Jewish Aged. He was the first to recognize the importance of designing living environments for the elderly, particularly those with Alzheimer's disease. His groundbreaking studies continue to play major roles in enhancing the quality of life of the elderly.