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Foster and Partners has been named by Scientific American magazine as a Business Leader for contributions to environmental design, within the 2005 Scientific American 50. This magazines prestigious annual list recognises outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology from the past year.

AAnnounced last week, the Scientific American 50 appears in the magazines December issue, arriving on news-stands November 22. The complete list may also be accessed on the magazines website at www.sciam.com from November 22.

Said Editor-In-Chief John Rennie: The Scientific American 50 is our annual opportunity to salute the people and organisations worldwide whose research, policy or business leadership has played a major role in bringing about the science and technology innovations that are improving the way we live and offer the greatest hope for the future.

Selected by the magazines Board of Editors with the help of distinguished outside advisors, the Scientific American 50 spotlights a Research Leader of the Year, a Business Leader of the Year and a Policy Leader of the Year. The list also recognises research, business and policy leaders who have played a critical role in advancing key technology trends of the past year, such as the rise of Stem Cells, Flexible Electronics, Silicon Lasers, Flu Preparedness and more.

Past Scientific American 50 winners have spotlighted visionaries from an array of fields. Prior honourees have included stem cell researcher Douglas A. Melton, Professor of the National Sciences at Harvard (2004 Policy Leader of the Year); Nobel prize-winning neurobiologist Roderick MacKinnon, Professor of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics of Rockefeller University (2003 Research Leader of the Year); aviation leader Burt Rutan, President, Scaled Composites (2003 Aerospace/Business Leader): global public health leader Gro Harlem Brundtland, former World Health Organization Secretary General (2003 Policy Leader of the Year); corporate chief Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric Company (2002 General Technology/Business Leader); and high tech innovator Steven Jobs, CEO, Apple (2002 Communications/Business Leader).

Founded in 1845, editorial contributors to Scientific American have included over 100 Nobel laureates, among them Albert Einstein, Neils Bohr, Francis Crick, Stanley Prusiner and Harold Varmus.Scientific American, Inc. is a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, a U.S. subsidiary of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, a privately held international media corporation operating in more than 40 countries. In addition to Scientific American, Holtzbrinck Publishers includes the book publishing houses Farrar, Straus &Giroux; W.H. Freeman; Henry Holt and Company; St. Martins Press and Tor; the academic scholarly publishing company Palgrave U.S.; the College Publishing Group of Bedford Freeman Worth; and the distribution company VHPS.

Contact: Elizabeth Ames BOLDE Communications &Public Relations, Inc 212-727-1680; email eames@boldepr.com

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