President George W. Bush has announced that U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientist Roger L. Easton had been selected as recipient of the 2004 National Medal of Technology (NMT) award for his extensive pioneering achievements in spacecraft tracking, navigation technology and timing, including development of space-qualified atomic clocks, that led to the development of the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS).
The White House made this announcement on Monday, November 14, 2005. The NMT is the Nation's highest honor for technology. The National Medal of Technology is awarded to individuals who embody the spirit of American innovation and who have advanced the Nation's global competitiveness. During Mr. Easton's career at NRL, from 1943 until 1980, he was involved with four systems (Vanguard, Minitrack, Navy Space Surveillance System, the Timation Program) and the Navigation Technology Satellites NTS-1 and NTS-2, that formed the technological basis for modern Global Positioning System. Mr. Roger Easton is the " Principal Inventor and Designer of the Global Positioning System (GPS)" and the "Father of GPS".