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Medal information

The IEEE Medal of Honor, established in 1917, is the highest IEEE award. It is presented when a candidate is identified as having made a particular contribution that forms a clearly exceptional addition to the science and technology of concern to IEEE. 

Sponsor: The IEEE Foundation

Presented to: An individual

Scope: For an exceptional contribution(s) or an extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest

Prize: The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and honorarium. In a given year, if the Medal of Honor Recipient is not an IEEE member, that recipient will be automatically recommended to the IEEE Board of Directors for IEEE Honorary Membership.

Basis for judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: substantial significance of achievement, originality, impact on society, impact on the profession, publications, and patents relating to the achievement. The quality of the nomination is also considered.

Nomination deadline: 1 July

Notification: Recipients are typically approved during the November IEEE Board of Directors meeting. Recipients and their nominators will be notified following the meeting. Subsequently, the nominators of unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the status of their nomination.

Presentation: At the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony


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Medal nomination forms


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Medal recipients


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Medal committee members

  • Lewis M. Terman, Chair
  • Kensall (Ken) D. Wise  
  • Marko Delimar
  • Robert H. Dennard
  • Delores Etter
  • Robert G. Gallager
  • James D. Meindl
  • Jim Omura
  • Lawrence Wong


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2015 IEEE Honors Ceremony

2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony