Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal
The Samuel Finely Breese Morse Medal was established in 1902. Designed by Laura G. Fraser, this medal is awarded by the American Geographical Society for "achievements and pioneering in geographical research."
Samuel Finley Breese Morse was a painter, but also a noted inventor. After extensive travel in Europe, Morse invented the first recording telegraph, which he submitted at patent for in 1837. His system of dots and dashes, equip with a dictionary and words, later was known as Morse Code. After his death on April 2, 1872, the Society was willed funds “for the encouragement of geographical research.”
The following people received the award in the year specified:
- 1928: Sir George Hubert Wilkins
- 1945: Archer M. Huntington
- 1952: Gilbert Grosvenor
- 1966: Charles B. Hitchcock
- 1968: Wilma B. Fairchild
- 1975: John A. Noble
- 1986: John C. Weaver
- 1991: Alexander Melamid
- 1999: Donald J. Lloyd-Jones
- 2001: Douglas R. McManis
- 2004: Ronald F. Abler
- 2008: John E. Gould
- 2008: Richard H. Nolte
- 2009: Barbara Borowiecki and William Roselle 
- "The Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal". American Geographical Society. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
- Erin Urban, Hulls and Hulks in the Tide of Time: The Life and Work of John A. Noble, New York: John Noble and Allan A. Noble in association with The John A. Noble Collection, 1993
- "Polar pioneers of Earth and Mars receive American Geographical Society awards". University of Delaware. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- "Research Medal Voted to Wilkins". The New York Times. 1928-04-25.
- "Awards 3D Morse Medal". The New York Times. 1952-02-02.
- "Wilkins Receives Morse Gold Medal". The New York Times. 1928-07-04.