Along with fellow Virginia Tech professor Arun G. Phadke, Thorp received The Franklin Institute's 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering  for their contributions to the power industry, particularly microprocessor controllers in electric power systems that have significantly decreased the occurrence and duration of power blackouts.
- "Phadke and Thorp receive Benjamin Franklin Medal". Engineering News. Virginia Tech College of Engineering. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
- Franklin Institute
- "National Attention Focused on Science and Technology Makes Franklin Institutes's Annual Celebration of Science Relevant and Timely". April 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
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