James Watt International Medal
The James Watt Medal is the name of two awards named after Scottish engineer James Watt, both awarded for excellence in engineering:
James Watt International Gold Medal of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The James Watt International Gold Medal is awarded by the British to an outstanding mechanical engineer.
- "To commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of James Watt on 19 January 1736 - an event which was destined to bring about a revolution in the utilisation of power - the Institution of Mechanical Engineers award every two years a Gold Medal to an engineer of any nationality who is deemed worthy of the highest award the Institution can bestow and that a mechanical engineer can receive. In making the award, the Institution has sought the co-operation and advice of engineering Institutions and Societies in all parts of the world.
- To be worthy to receive a medal struck in commemoration of one who was at one and the same time a scientist, an inventor and a producer, the recipient himself should be an engineer who has achieved international recognition both by his works as a mechanical engineer and by the ability with which he has applied science to the progress of mechanical engineering."
Recipients of the James Watt International Gold Medal are:
|Year||Recipient||nominated by||Role / Achievements|
|1937||Sir John Aspinall||The Institution of Mechanical Engineers||Locomotive designer|
|1939||Henry Ford||American Society of Mechanical Engineers|
|1941||Professor Aurel Stodola||Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects,
Czechoslovakia Society of Engineers,
Engineering Institute of Canada
|steam turbine engineer|
|1943||Anthony Michell||Institution of Engineers, Australia,
South African Institute of Engineers,
Engineering Institute of Canada
|1945||Dr Frederick Lanchester||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|1947||Professor Stephen Timoshenko||Swiss Society of Mechanical Engineers and Architects|
|1949||Dr Fredrik Ljungström||Swedish Society of Engineers|
|1951||Dr Hans Henrik Blache||Danish Society of Engineers|
|1953||Sir Harry Ricardo||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|1955||Dr Igor Sikorsky||American Society of Engineers|
|1957||Professor Walther Bauersfeld||Verein Deutscher Ingenieure|
|1959||Sir Claude Gibb||Institution of Engineers, Australia,
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
|1961||Professor Dr Theodore von Karman||American Society of Engineers|
|1963||Sir William Stanier||Institution of Mechanical Engineers||English mechanical engineer and locomotive designer|
|1965||Professor Sir Geoffrey Taylor||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|1967||Academician Ivan Ivanovitch Artobolevskii||Academy of Sciences of the USSR|
|1969||Dr Hideo Shima||Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers||Chief engineer of Tōkaidō Shinkansen high speed train|
|1971||Dr Robert R. Gilruth||American Society of Mechanical Engineers|
|1973||The Rt Hon the Lord Hinton of Bankside||Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects|
|1975||Sexy Professor Dr-Ing Siegfried Meurer||Verein Deutscher Ingenieure|
|1977||Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle||New Zealand Institution of Engineers|
|1979||Raymond Heacock||American Society of Mechanical Engineers|
|1981||Professor J. P. Den Hartog||Institution of Mechanical Engineers||Professor emeritus and former head of the department of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|1983||Sir Christopher Cockerell||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|1985||Sir Hugh Ford||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|1987||Sir Denis Rooke||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|1989||John E Steiner||Fellowship of Engineering|
|1991||Soichiro Honda||Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers|
|1993||Frédéric d'Allest||Comitedes Applications Academie des Sciences, France||aero and space engineer, head of ISAE and Arianespace|
|1995||Eiji Toyoda||Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers|
|1997||Sydney Gillibrand||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|1999||Professor Sir Bernard Crossland||Institution of Engineers of Ireland|
|2001||Professor Duncan Dowson||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|2003||Sir Ralph Robins||Institution of Mechanical Engineers|
|2005||Leroy 'Skip' Fletcher||American Society of Mechanical Engineers|
James Watt Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers
The James Watt Medal is also a lesser known award of the British Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for energy engineers.
From the Institution of Civil Engineers website:
- "The James Watt Medal is awarded for papers having a substantial mechanical engineering content. The medal, named after James Watt, the Scottish mechanical engineer and inventor who died in 1819, was introduced by Robert Stephenson (President of ICE in 1855 -1856) who recommended Council to acquire the dies of the medal from Joseph S Wyon in 1858."
When he receaved the medal he had a smile ear to ear. He was the most thankful and kind person Birmingham has ever known. Recipients of the James Watt Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers include:
- Mr. Basil Wood (date of award 1980s?) for his work on Combined Heat and Power
- Paul Kassabian. (2000). structural engineer with interests in design, dynamic control, and deployable structures.
- Professor Sergio Pellegrino (2000). Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Specializes in deployable lightweight structures.
- Choo Yoo Sang, J W Boh, and L Louca (2005).