Congratulations to Bill Foege, author of House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox, for receiving one of thirteen Presidential Medals of Freedom–America’s highest civilian honor. Among other winners were Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison. In this C-Span video, Bill is the first recipient to walk out on the platform.

For more context regarding Bill’s work and the honor he just received, here’s a write-up on the award from KPIU’s Humanosphere site.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom announcement from the White House.

An interview posted on the Impatient Optimists blog through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation site.

Another interview conducted by the University of Washington School for Public Health

Congratulations again to Bill for the remarkable accomplishment.