IRI Achievement Award

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IRI Achievement Award
Picture of IRI Achievement Award.

The IRI Achievement Award, established by the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) in 1973, is awarded "to honor outstanding accomplishment in individual creativity and innovation that contributes broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society."[1] The recipient is first nominated by an IRI member organization for his or her invention, innovation, or process improvement, and then voted on by a nine-member Awards Committee, led by the immediate past-chairman of IRI's Board of Directors.[2]

The IRI Achievement Award is a bronze sculpture exemplifying the flight of innovation. The artist who designed the sculpture is John Blair. This award is presented each spring during IRI's Annual Meeting and is one of the highest honors awarded by the organization.

List of Recipients[edit]

Year Recipient Achievement
1973 William F. Gresham (DuPont) Instant Color Film
1974 William G. Pfann (Bell Labs) Ultra-High Purity Materials
1975 Maurice R. Hilleman (Merck) Vaccines
1976 LeGrand Van Uitert (Bell Labs)[3] Electronic Materials
1977 Robert H. Wentorf, Jr. (General Electric)[4] Synthetic Diamonds and Cubic Boron Nitride
1978 Frank B. Colton (G.D. Searle & Co.) Oral Contraceptives
1979 Stanley D. Stookey (Corning) Photochromic Glasses
1980 Andrew H. Bobeck (Bell Labs) Bubble Memory
1981 Robert N. Noyce (Intel) Silicon Integrated Circuits
1982 Herbert W. Boyer (University of California)[5] Recombinant DNA
1983 John W. Backus (IBM) FORTRAN
1984 Allan S. Hay (General Electric)[6] Polymerization by Oxidative Coupling
1985 John E. Franz (Monsanto)[7] Roundup
1986 Robert D. Maurer (Corning) Glass Fiber Wave Guides
1987 Howard G. Rogers (Polaroid) Polyolefins
1988 Alfred Y. Cho (Bell Labs)[8] Molecular Beam Epitaxy
1989 Robert H. Dennard (IBM)[9] One-Transistor Dynamic Memory Cell
1990 Leonard S. Cutler (Hewlett-Packard) Cesium Atomic Beam Clock
1991 Victor Mills (Procter & Gamble) Synthetic Diamonds
1992 Richard H. Frenkiel (Bell Labs)[10] Cellular Telephones
1993 Marvin M. Johnson (Phillips Petroleum) Passivating Agents for Catalytic Cracking
1994 Marinus Los (American Cyanamid)[11] Imidazolinone Herbicides
1995 Andrezj M. Pawlak (General Motors)[12] Electromechanical Devices
1996 Stephanie Kwolek (DuPont) Liquid Crystal Polymers (Kevlar)
1997 Simon F. Campbell (Pfizer)[13] Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery
1998 James E.M. West (Bell Labs/Lucent)[14] Foil Electret Microphone
1999 Harry W. Coover (Eastman Chemical)[15] Cyanoacrylate Adhesives
2000 C. Donald Bateman (Honeywell)[16] GPWS and Enhanced GPWS
2001 George Beall (Corning)[17] Breakthrough Innovations of Glass
2002 Madan M. Bhasin (Dow Chemical)[18] Industrial Catalysis & Emission Reductions
2003 No recipient
2004 Edith M. Flanigen (UOP)[19] Molecular Sieve Technology
2005 Dennis M. Ritchie (AT&T/Lucent)[20] Unix Operating System
2006 Paul D. Trokhan (Procter & Gamble)[21] Unique Density Paper Structures
2007 Rakesh Agrawal (Purdue University)[22] Cryogenic Air Separation
2008 Dean L. Kamen (DEKA Research)[23] Technologies that enhance quality of life
2009 Ashok V. Joshi (Ceramatec)[24] New applications in Ionic Membranes
2010 Linden S. Blue (General Atomics)[25] Military strategy, energy research, and 2nd Gen. Modular Helium Reactors (MHRs)
2011 Richard Hayes (DuPont)[26] Polyacetal resins, modified polyesters, infrared absorbers, and gas separation membranes
2012 John J. Curro (Procter & Gamble) Solid State Formation Technology
2013 No recipient
2014 No recipient
2015 Charles W. Hull (3D Systems) Stereolithography

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IRI Achievement Award Page, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  2. ^ IRI Constitution and Bylaws, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  3. ^ LeGrand Van Uitert Bio: Zoominfo, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "GE Diamond Pioneer Robert Wentorf Dies", PRNewswire, April 7, 1997, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "2009 Honoree, Herbert W. Boyer, for Scientific Research", Double Helix Medals, 2009, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Chemical Heritage Foundation Interview: Allan S. Hay, July 24, 1986, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Chemical Heritage Foundation Interview: John E. Franz", Nov. 29, 1994, St. Louis, MO, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Luminary Alfred Y. Cho Awarded US National Medal of Technology", PRNewswire, June 14, 2005, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Computer History Museum: People", entry: Dennard, Robert H., accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "Keynote Address: The Cost of a Bit, and Other Annoying Problems," Speaker Bio, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  11. ^ "American Cyanamid Inventor Honored for Herbicide Discovery", PRNewswire, Sept. 3, 1999, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  12. ^ Speaker Bio: Dr. Andrezj M. Pawlak, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  13. ^ Simon F. Campbell, BusinessWeek Bio, accessed Feb. 9, 2012
  14. ^ "James E. West Receives IRI's 1998 Achievement Award", Newswise, Oct. 27, 1998, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  15. ^ "Inventor of the Week: Archive", Lemelson – MIT School of Engineering, September 2004, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  16. ^ Bateman, C. Donald. "An Engineer Looks at Innovation", Research-Technology Management, Vol. 44, No. 4 (July–August 2001).
  17. ^ Beall, George H. "Exploratory research remains essential for industry; the development of landmark new products is almost always dependent on knowledge gleaned from previous exploratory research. (IRI Achievement Award Address)", Research-Technology Management, Vol. 45, No. 6 (November–December 2002).
  18. ^ Innovative Catalytic Solutions, Ilc.: Awards and Honors, accessed Feb. 9, 2012.
  19. ^ "Industrial Research Institute Achievement Award," Research-Technology Management, Vol. 48, No. 4 (July–August 2005).
  20. ^ "Dennis Ritchie, Bell Labs Researcher and Co-Inventor of Unix, Receives 2005 Industrial Research Institute Achievement Award", Alcatel/Lucent Press Release, Nov. 15, 2005, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  21. ^ Trokhan, Paul D. "An Inventor's Personal Principles of Innovation: the author outlines fundamental principles that have guided his R&D career and urges readers to develop their own", Research-Technology Management, Vol. 50, No. 4 (July–August 2007).
  22. ^ "Agrawal Given IRI Achievement Award" Purdue University's School of Chemical Engineering, Nov. 6, 2007, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  23. ^ "Dean Kamen Honored with IRI 2008 Achievement Award", Industrial Research Institute Press Release, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  24. ^ "Ceramatec's President to Receive 2009 IRI Achievement Award" Ceramatec News, Jan. 20, 2009, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  25. ^ "IRI Names New Chairman, Honors Aeronautical Innovator", R&D Magazine, May 7, 2010, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  26. ^ "DuPont Sweeps IRI's 2011 Industry Awards", R&D Magazine, May 27, 2011, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.

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