Award information

The grade of Honorary Member is a significant honor bestowed by IEEE and is awarded for life to an individual. It was established through the Bylaws of the IEEE. Honorary Members are elected by the Board of Directors from among those who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in the IEEE's designated fields of interest and who are not members of the IEEE.

Recipient selection is administered by the IEEE Honorary Membership Committee through the IEEE Awards Board.

Sponsor: IEEE

Presented to: An individual

NOTE: In a given year, if the IEEE Medal of Honor recipient is not an IEEE member, he/she will be automatically recommended to the IEEE Board of Directors for IEEE Honorary Membership.

Scope: To individuals not members of the IEEE, who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in IEEE's designated fields of interest

Prize: Honorary Members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of the IEEE, except the right to hold office therein. Recipients shall receive a certificate, Honorary Member pin, and a crystal sculpture.

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

Nomination deadline: 15 June

Endorsement 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, nominators of unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the status of their nomination.

Presentation: At the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony

Committee members

  • Dave J. Kemp, Chair
  • Victor Fouad Hanna, Past Chair
  • Marc Apter
  • Loretta Arellano
  • Ferial El-Hawary
  • Norberto Lerendegui
  • Teck-Seng Low
  • Vincenzo Puiri
  • John Vig