IEEE Medal of Honor

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IEEE Medal of Honor
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Awarded forExceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest
Presented byInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
First awarded1917 Edit this at Wikidata

The IEEE Medal of Honor is the highest recognition of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It has been awarded since 1917, when its first recipient was Major Edwin H. Armstrong. It is given for an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest. The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate, and honorarium. The Medal of Honor may only be awarded to an individual.

The medal was created by the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) as the IRE Medal of Honor. It became the IEEE Medal of Honor when IRE merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) to form the IEEE in 1963. 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. Edward Field Sanford, Jr. designed the medal in 1917.

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.[1]


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  1. ^ "Origins of the IEEE Medal of Honor". IEEE. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ The List of IEEE Medal of Honor Recipients Archived 2015-04-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ 2017 IEEE Medals and recognitions recipients and citations (PDF, 46 kB); retrieved 30. November 2016.
  4. ^ "Recipients of the 2014 Medals and Awards". IEEE. February 14, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-02-24. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "IEEE Announces 2013 Medal and Recognition Honorees". IEEE. December 13, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Stanford President Hennessy wins IEEE's highest honor". 23 January 2023.

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