Nicholas Meyer ('68BA) is the best-selling author of several screenplays, short stories and books, including The Seven Percent Solution, a detective novel based on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Sigmund Freud, which appeared on the best-seller lists for more than 40 weeks in 1975. He has established the Nicholas Meyer Playwriting Scholarship for students of dramatic writing for stage, television or film. As a result of this gift, Meyer became the three hundredth member of the Presidents club of the University of Iowa. Considered one of the most talented writers in the motion picture field, Meyer has written a best-selling sequel to The Seven Percent Solution. It is entitled The West End Horror.
Since 1963, the University of Iowa has annually recognized accomplished alumni and friends with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Awards are presented in seven categories: Achievement, Service, Hickerson Recognition, Faculty, Staff, Recent Graduate, and Friend of the University.