Dr Anthony S Fauci is the director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. He is also chief medical advisor to the White House.
The donation was presented virtually during the ‘Great Americans Program’ on March 2. Fauci received the Smithonian‘s signature honour, the ‘Great Americans’ medal.
Fauci’s coronavirus model was created using a 3D printer and reveals the components of the SARS-CoV-2 virion, including the spike protein.
“Dr Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” said Elizabeth MacMillan director Anthea M Hartig.
SARS-CoV-2 virion model
“His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a great American.”
The Smithsonian is collecting various items related to the pandemic, which it will use in a future exhibition called ‘In Sickness and In Health’.
Other objects for the exhibition include a photograph of a man wearing a ‘Fauci’ T-shirt by Francesca Magnani, as well as interviews related to the AIDS crisis.
The ‘Great Americans Program’ was launched in 2016. It honours people who have made a lasting impact in their fields, and for their philanthropic and humanitarian efforts.
Fauci manages a portfolio of research to prevent, diagnose and treat emerging and established diseases, including tuberculosis and AIDS.
‘Great Americans’ medal
He has advised seven US Presidents on domestic and global health issues, and graduated first in his class from Cornell University’s Medical College in 1966.
The Smithsonian previously launched COVID-19 collection projects at the National Museum of American History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Anacostia Community Museum.
As well as objects, these museums are looking for human stories. The Anacostia Community Museum launched a project called Moments of Resilience.
Meanwhile, the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building (AIB) is set to reopen with the ‘FUTURES’ exhibition to celebrate the institution’s 175th anniversary.
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