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IEEE Edison Medal
Awarded forA career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or the electrical arts.
CountryUnited States United States
Presented byInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
First awarded1909
WebsiteIEEE Edison Medal

The IEEE Edison Medal is presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or the electrical arts." It is the oldest medal in this field of engineering.[1] The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate, and honorarium. The medal may only be awarded to a new leap/breakthrough in the technological area of science.


The Edison Medal, named after the inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Edison, was created on 11 February 1904 by a group of Edison's friends and associates. Four years later the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) entered into an agreement with the group to present the medal as its highest award. The first medal was presented in 1909 to Elihu Thomson. Other recipients of the Edison Medal include George Westinghouse, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, Michael I. Pupin, Robert A. Millikan (Nobel Prize 1923), and Vannevar Bush.[2] A complete and authoritative list is published by the IEEE online.[3]

After the merger of AIEE and the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE), in 1963, to form the IEEE, it was decided that IRE's Medal of Honor would be presented as IEEE's highest award, while the Edison Medal would become IEEE's principal medal.

Twelve persons with an exceptional career in electrical engineering received both the IEEE Edison Medal and the IEEE Medal of Honor, namely Edwin Howard Armstrong, Ernst Alexanderson, Mihajlo Pupin, Arthur E. Kennelly, Vladimir K. Zworykin, John R. Pierce, Sidney Darlington, James L. Flanagan, Nick Holonyak, Robert H. Dennard, Dave Forney, and Kees Schouhamer Immink.[4]



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  1. ^ El-Sharkawi, Mohamed A, "Electric Energy- An Introduction." CRC Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8493-3078-5. Page 8.
  2. ^ "IEEE Edison Medal". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  3. ^ List of recipients of the IEEE Edison Medal
  4. ^ "Origins of the IEEE Medal of Honor". IEEE. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  5. ^ List of IEEE Edison Medal Recipients

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