The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details
Rudolf E. Kálmán
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, Switzerland, USA
"For his fundamental contributions to modern system theory, which provided rigorous mathematical tools for engineering, econometrics, and statistics, and in particular for his invention of the "Kalman filter," which was critical to achieving the Moon landings and creating the Global Positioning System and which has facilitated the use of computers in control and communications technology."
Presented by President Barack H. Obama in the East Room of the White House on October 7, 2009.