The Timoshenko Medal is an award given annually by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to an individual "in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of applied mechanics."
The Timoshenko Medal, widely regarded as the highest international award in the field of applied mechanics, was established in 1957 in honor of Stephen Timoshenko, world-renowned authority in the field. The Medal "commemorates his contributions as author and teacher."
The actual award is a bronze medal and honorarium. The first award was given in 1957 to Stephen Prokofyevich Timoshenko.
The Timoshenko Medal Committee consists of the five recent Timoshenko Medalists, the five members of the executive committee of the ASME International Applied Mechanics Division (AMD), and the five recent past chairs of the AMD. See the list of current members of the Committee Upon receiving recommendations from the international community of applied mechanics, the Committee nominates a single medalist every year. This nomination is subsequently approved by the ASME; no case has been reported that the ASME has ever overruled a nomination of the Timoshenko Medal Committee.
Every year, at the Applied Mechanics Dinner at the ASME winter annual meeting, the Timoshenko Medalist of the year delivers a lecture. Taken as a whole, these lectures provide a long perspective of the field of applied mechanics, as well as capsules of the lives of extraordinary individuals. A project has been initiated to post all Timoshenko Medal Lectures online.
Timoshenko Medal recipients
- 2015 – Michael Ortiz, California Institute of Technology, USA.
- 2014 – Robert McMeeking, UC Santa Barbara, USA.
- 2013 – Richard M. Christensen, Stanford University, USA.
- 2012 – Subra Suresh, National Science Foundation (NSF)
- 2011 – Alan Needleman, The University of North Texas (USA)
- 2010 – Wolfgang Knauss, Caltech (USA)
- 2009 – Zdenek P. Bazant, Northwestern University (USA)
- 2008 – Sia Nemat-Nasser, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego (USA)
- 2007 – Thomas J. R. Hughes, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (USA)
- 2006 – Kenneth L. Johnson, The University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
- 2005 – Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
- 2004 – Morton E. Gurtin, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
- 2003 – L. Ben Freund Brown University (USA)
- 2002 – John W. Hutchinson, Harvard University (USA)
- 2001 – Ted Belytschko, Northwestern University
- 2000 – Rodney J. Clifton
- 1999 – Anatol Roshko
- 1998 – Olgierd C. Zienkiewicz, Imperial College London, Institute for Numerical Methods in Engineering at the University of Wales (United Kingdom)
- 1997 – John R. Willis
- 1996 – J. Tinsley Oden, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin (USA)
- 1995 – Daniel D. Joseph, University of Minnesota (USA)
- 1994 – James R. Rice, Harvard University (USA)
- 1993 – John L. Lumley, Cornell University (USA)
- 1992 – Jan D. Achenbach, Northwestern University (USA)
- 1991 – Yuan-Cheng Fung, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego (USA)
- 1990 – Stephen H. Crandall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
- 1989 – Bernard Budiansky, Harvard University (USA)
- 1988 – George K. Batchelor
- 1987 – Ronald S. Rivlin
- 1986 – George Rankine Irwin
- 1985 – Eli Sternberg
- 1984 – Joseph B. Keller
- 1983 – Daniel C. Drucker
- 1982 – John W. Miles
- 1981 – John H. Argyris, Imperial College London (UK), University of Stuttgart (Germany)
- 1980 – Paul M. Naghdi
- 1979 – Jerald L. Ericksen
- 1978 – George F. Carrier, Harvard University (USA)
- 1977 – John D. Eshelby
- 1976 – Erastus H. Lee
- 1975 – Chia-Chiao Lin
- 1974 – Albert E. Green
- 1973 – Eric Reissner
- 1972 – Jacob P. Den Hartog
- 1971 – Howard W. Emmons, Harvard University (USA)
- 1970 – James J. Stoker
- 1969 – Jakob Ackeret
- 1968 – Warner T. Koiter
- 1967 – Hillel Poritsky
- 1966 – William Prager
- 1965 – Sydney Goldstein
- 1964 – Raymond D. Mindlin, Columbia University (USA)
- 1963 – Michael James Lighthill
- 1962 – Maurice A. Biot
- 1961 – James N. Goodier
- 1960 – Cornelius B. Biezeno
- 1959 – Sir Richard Southwell, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London (UK)
- 1958 – Arpad L. Nadai
- 1957 – Stephen P. Timoshenko
- Information for nomination
- Honors & Awards - Timoshenko Medal, ASME official page, where forms for nomination can be obtained.
- Homepage of the ASME International Applied Mechanics Division