Dr. Budinger received his B.S. in chemistry at Regis College, 1954, a M.S. in Physical Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, 1957, a M.D. from the University of Colorado, Denver, 1964, and a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from UC Berkeley, 1971. He has received numerous honors and awards for his research contributions to nuclear medicine and imaging techniques and was elected as a member to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996.