The Daniel Guggenheim Medal is an American engineering award, established by Daniel and Harry Guggenheim. The medal is considered to be one of the greatest honors that can be presented for a lifetime of work in aeronautics.[1] Recipients have included American and international individuals from aeronautical corporations, governments, and academia.

Since 1929 it has been given annually to persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics.[2] It is awarded jointly by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Helicopter Society, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics administers the award.


The winners are listed below along with their award citation and year.

Year Name Award citation Reference
1929 Orville Wright For the design and construction, with his brother now deceased, of the first successful engine-propelled airplane. [3]
1930 Ludwig Prandtl For pioneer and creative work in the theory of dynamics. [4]
1931 Frederick W. Lanchester For contributions to the fundamental theory of aerodynamics. [5]
1932 Juan de la Cierva For development of the theory and practice of the autogiro. [6]
1933 Jerome Clarke Hunsaker For contributions to the science of aerodynamics, to the science and art of aircraft design, and to the practical construction and utilization of rigid airships. [7]
1934 William E. Boeing For successful pioneering and achievement in aircraft manufacturing and air transport. [8]
1935 William F. Durand For notable achievement as pioneer in laboratory research and theory of aeronautics; distinguished contributions to the theory and development of aircraft propellers. [9]
1936 George W. Lewis For pioneer and creative work in the theory of dynamics. [10]
1937 Hugo Eckener For notable contributions to transoceanic air transport and to international cooperation in aeronautics. [11]
1938 Alfred H. Fedden For contributions to the development of aircraft engine design and for the specific design of the sleeve-valve aircraft engine. [12]
1939 Donald W. Douglas For outstanding contributions to the design and construction of transport airplanes. [13]
1940 Glenn L. Martin For contributions to aeronautical development and the production of many types of aircraft of high performance. [14]
1941 Juan T. Trippe For the development and successful operation of oceanic air transport. [15]
1942 James H. Doolittle For notable achievements in the advancements of both the art and the science of aeronautics. [16]
1943 Edmund T. "Eddie" Allen For major contributions to aeronautics leading to important advances in airplane design, flight research, and airline operation; particularly for the presentation of new methods for operational control and for the development of scientific and systematic methods in the flight testing of aircraft for basic design and performance data. [17]
1944 Lawrence D. Bell For achievement in design and construction of military air craft and for outstanding contributions to the methods of production. [18]
1945 Theodore P. Wright For outstanding contributions to the development of civil and military aircraft, and for notable achievement in assuring the success of our wartime aircraft production program. [19]
1946 Frank Whittle For pioneering the development of turbojet propulsion of aircraft. [20]
1947 Lester Durand Gardner For outstanding achievement in advancing aeronautics, particularly for his conception and organization of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. [21]
1948 Leroy R. Grumman For outstanding achievement in successfully advancing aircraft design, both for Naval and peacetime use. [22]
1949 Edward Pearson Warner For pioneering in research and a continuous record of contributions to the art and science of aeronautics. [23]
1950 Hugh L. Dryden For outstanding leadership in aeronautical research and fundamental contributions to aeronautical science. [24]
1951 Igor I. Sikorsky For a lifetime of outstanding contributions to aeronautics, including pioneering with multi-engine airplanes, flying boats, amphibians and helicopters. [25]
1952 Geoffrey de Havilland For forty years of pioneering in military and commercial aircraft and the development of long-range jet transport. [26]
1953 Charles Lindbergh For pioneering achievements in flight and air navigation. [27]
1954 Clarence D. Howe For initiating and organizing commercial air routes and services, promoting aeronautical research, development and production of aircraft and engines, and advancing the art of aeronautics. [28]
1955 Theodore von Karman For long-continued leadership in the development of aerodynamic theory and its application to the practical problems of flight, in education in the aeronautical sciences, and in stimulating international cooperation in aeronautical research. [29]
1956 Frederick B. Rentschler For a wide range of major achievements throughout a lifetime devoted to aviation, with specific reference to his many notable contributions to the vital aircraft engine field [30]
1957 Arthur E. Raymond For the development of a long line of successful civil and military aircraft and for notable contributions to aeronautics in public service. [31]
1958 William Littlewood For leadership and continuous personal participation over a quarter of a century in developing the equipment and operating techniques of air transport. [32]
1959 George Edwards For a lifetime devoted to the design of military and commercial aircraft, culminating in the successful introduction into worldwide commercial service of the first turbine-powered propeller-driven aircraft. [33]
1960 Grover Loening For a lifetime devoted to the development of aeronautics in America. [34]
1961 Jerome F. Lederer For his lifelong dedication to the cause of flight safety and his constant and untiring efforts to reduce the hazards of aviation. [35]
1962 James H. Kindelberger For technical and industrial leadership in producing excellent aircraft and space equipment, from early fighters to the X-15 space plane. [36]
1963 James S. McDonnell For lifetime contribution of outstanding nature in the design and development of military aircraft, and for pioneer work in space technology. [37]
1964 Robert H. Goddard For pioneering in rocket development and astronautics, including the first liquid-propelled rocket flight, and contributions toward aero-dynamically applicable reaction engines. [38]
1965 Sydney Camm For over fifty years of continuous dedication to the design of military aircraft, and pioneering of many new concepts and the creation of many successful aircraft representative of the best tradition of British design skills. [39]
1966 Charles S. Draper For contributions to aeronautical education and significant developments in new fields of aircraft instrumentation, in particular for pioneering inertial- guidance techniques making possible en route navigation independently of earth references; for over twenty-five years of leadership in the technology of control and guidance of flight vehicles, and with the training of a large number of engineers in this vital field of aeronautics and astronautics. [40]
1967 George S. Schairer For his many contributions to the achievement of outstanding progress in subsonic/light, and in the promise of supersonic flight, and in the equipment and methods for space exploration. [41]
1968 H. M. Horner For his lifelong dedication and significant contributions to the advancement of modern aviation through the development and production of an outstanding series of aircraft powerplants and spacecraft propulsion engines. [42]
1969 H. Julian Allen For outstanding courage, leadership and pioneering foresight that contributed outstandingly to civil and military aviation, including the evolution of the jet transport; and for his broad counsel and support to government and industry during a distinguished career. [43]
1970 Jakob Ackeret For original and outstanding contributions to aerodynamics, aviation and engineering education. [44]
1971 Archibald Russell For his personal devotion and many contributions to aircraft engineering and design and particularly for his outstanding leadership of the Bristol team in the development of the Anglo-French Concorde Supersonic Transport Aircraft. [45]
1972 William C. Mentzer For manifold accomplishments in airline engineering, maintenance and economic disciplines, which accomplishments contributed significantly to the achievement of today’s civil air transportation systems. [46]
1973 William M. Allen For outstanding courage, leadership and pioneering foresight that contributed outstandingly to civil and military aviation, including the evolution of the jet transport; and for his broad counsel and support to government and industry during a distinguished career. [47]
1974 Floyd L. Thompson For farsighted development of men and facilities and for decisive leadership of research that provided technological foundations for manned flight beyond the speed of sound, safe re-entry of spacecraft, and successful exploration of space. [48]
1975 Dwane L. Wallace For his many engineering, management and leadership contributions in the development of general aviation from a novelty forty years ago to a key part of the world’s transportation system today. [49]
1976 Marcel Dassault For notable achievement in development, production and marketing of many types of aircraft of high performance and outstanding leadership in world aviation. [50]
1977 Cyrus R. Smith For lifetime contribution of outstanding nature in the design and development of military aircraft, and for pioneer work in space technology. [51]
1978 Edward H. Heinemann For outstanding achievement in the innovative design of military airplanes which are noted for longevity of service, versatility of tasks, simplicity of design, high performance and elegance of line. [52]
1979 Gerhard Neumann For the development of highly efficient aircraft engines for commercial and military purposes, including creation of one of the first successful turbofan engines which contributed significantly to the efficiency and success of the airline industry. [53]
1980 Edward Curtis Wells For his outstanding contributions to the management concepts for the development of complex aerospace systems, and for his significant personal accomplishments in the design and production of a long line of the world’s most famous commercial and military aircraft. [54]
1981 Clarence Johnson For his brilliant design of a wide range of pace-setting, commercial, combat and reconnaissance aircraft, and for his innovative management techniques which developed these aircraft in record time at minimum cost. [55]
1982 David S. Lewis, Jr. For his long-standing contributions to aviation and national defense, and his untiring efforts toward the development of superior aircraft. [56]
1983 Nicholas J. Hoff For a lifetime of significant contributions to the theory and practice of aeronautical structures design as an outstanding engineering scholar and educator. [57]
1984 Thomas H. Davis For outstanding achievements in the development of an airline, of unique general aviation services; and of personnel training techniques, accomplished continuously during a period of more than 40 years. [58]
1985 Thornton Wilson For a lifetime contribution to the successful development of commercial and military aircraft and for his outstanding leadership and management skills. [59]
1986 Hans W. Liepmann For outstanding leadership in fluid mechanics research and education. His influence contributed significantly to the development of a generation of outstanding leaders in the field. [60]
1987 Paul B. MacCready For his combination of high-flying gossamer vision and down-to-earth engineering skill which made the ancient dream of human powered flight come true, and for his contemporary imagination in recreating the ancient pterodactyl, Quetzalcoatl’s Northropi. [61]
1988 J. R. D. Tata For a lifetime of significant contributions to aviation, for his pioneering work in developing commercial air travel in India and Asia, and for his leadership in establishing Air India as a major international link between Asia and the rest of the world. [62]
1989 Fred E. Weick For development of the NACA cowl and the steerable tricycle landing gear which resulted in significant improvement in practical aircraft design and performance. [63]
1990 Joseph F. Sutter For outstanding engineering achievement, management and leadership in the innovative development of three generations of commercial jet aircraft — in particular the 747 — and his contribution to the enhancement of safety in air and space. [64]
1991 Hans P. von Ohain For pioneering the development of turbojet propulsion resulting in the first flight of a jet-powered aircraft in 1939 and his lifetime achievements in aeronautical propulsion dynamics. [65]
1992 Bernard L. Koff For continuing leadership in the aircraft gas turbine industry producing many innovative and technological breakthroughs in material and design. [66]
1993 Ludwig Boelkow For visionary leadership and innovation in the design of rotorcraft, light aircraft, missiles and space systems. [67]
1994 Helmut H. Korst For a legacy of developments in aeronautics where none previously existed; for mentoring a cascade of students and colleagues dedicated to the art and science of fluid mechanics and for a lifetime of inspiration and leadership to the international engineering community. [68]
1995 Robert C. Seamans For lifelong technical contributions and technical leadership in academia, industry and government as NASA Deputy Administrator during the Apollo program and in several other government positions. [69]
1996 William R. Sears For lifelong contributions to aeronautics in industry and academia from the aerodynamics of the flying wing to the invention of the adaptive wind tunnel. [70]
1997 Abe Silverstein For technical contributions and visionary leadership in advancing the technology of aircraft and propulsion performance, and for the foresight in establishing the Mercury and Gemini manned space flight activities. [71]
1998 Richard Coar For outstanding leadership and innovative contributions in providing advanced aeronautical and space propulsion systems. [72]
1999 Frank E. Marble For major fundamental theoretical and experimental contributions to the field of internal aerodynamics, combustion and propulsion especially with respect to gas turbines and rockets, and educating generations of leaders in industry and academia. [73]
2000 William H. Pickering For a distinguished career that pioneered and shaped the exploration of our solar system and for extraordinary contribution to engineering and science. [74]
2001 Richard T. Whitcomb For seminal contributions in aeronautics, including the development of the Area rule, Supercritical airfoil, and Winglet concept, which are the basis for modern aerodynamic design. [75]
2002 John G. Borger For significant pioneering contributions to aircraft and the airline industry from flying boats to jet aircraft. [76]
2003 Holt Ashley For pioneering contributions to research, education and engineering in aeroelasticity, unsteady aerodynamics and aircraft design. [77]
2004 Courtland Perkins For outstanding contributions to aeronautics in research and teaching in stability and control, and superlative leadership at the national and international levels. [78]
2005 Eugene E. Covert For exemplary leadership in aeronautics teaching and research, development of significant state-of-the-art aerodynamic testing techniques, and outstanding contributions to public service. [79]
2006 Robert Loewy For pioneering contributions to rotary-wing aeroelasticity and unsteady aerodynamics which had an enormous influence on rotary-wing technology and his contributions to education and public service in aeronautics. [80]
2007 Alexander H. Flax For outstanding contributions to aerospace engineering in aeroelasticity, unsteady aerodynamics and flight mechanics, and for exceptional leadership of engineering organizations including service to the U.S. Department of Defense. [81]
2008 Earl Dowell For pioneering contributions to nonlinear aeroelasticity, structural dynamics and unsteady aerodynamics which had a significant influence on aeronautics and for contributions to education and public service in aerospace engineering. [82]
2009 Arthur E. Bryson For a lifetime of seminal contributions to real systems, creating and applying practical optimal control and estimation techniques to airplanes, rotorcraft, and missiles. [83]
2010 Robert H. Liebeck For distinguished engineering as evidenced by the conception and development of Liebeck airfoils and Blended Wing Body aircraft. [84]
2011 Burt Rutan For a distinguished career of highly innovative and successful flight vehicles ranging from home-built designed to Voyager and SpaceShipOne.
2012 Frank D. Robinson For conception, design, and manufacture of a family of quiet, affordable, reliable, and versatile helicopters.
2013 Abraham Karem For a lifetime of innovative fixed and rotary wing unmanned vehicle designs.
2014 Alan Mulally For leadership in the creation, design, development, and manufacture of commercial airplanes, exemplified by the Boeing 777.
2015 Antony Jameson For exceptional contributions to algorithmic innovation and the development of computational fluid dynamic codes that have made important contributions to aircraft design. [85]
2016 Walter Vincenti For seminal pioneering supersonic wind tunnel research, education in high temperature gas dynamics, and exceptional contributions to the history of engineering technology. [86]
2017 Paul Bevilaqua For the conception and demonstration of the multi-cycle propulsion system and other technologies enabling the production of the F-35 supersonic V/STOL Strike Fighters. [86]
2018 Irvin Glassman In recognition of his profound impact on the application of combustion science and engineering to propulsion research and the successful development of propulsion systems. [86]
2019 Sheila E Widnall In recognition of her outstanding contributions to aerodynamics through research, such as the identification of the Widnall Instability, as well as through education and public service including serving as Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. [86]
2020 Ozires Silva For his leadership in the conception, production, and promotion of commercial aircraft, for founding Embraer S.A., and for his important roles in government and academia. [87]

See also


  1. ^ History of Guggenheim medal
  2. ^ Guggenheim award Archived 2005-04-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Orville Wright - 1929 Medalist
  4. ^ Ludwig Prandtl - 1930 Medalist
  5. ^ Frederick W. Lanchester - 1931 Medalist
  6. ^ Juan de la Cierva - 1932 Medalist
  7. ^ Jerome C. Hunsaker - 1933 Medalist
  8. ^ William E. Boeing - 1934 Medalist
  9. ^ William F. Durand - 1935 Medalist
  10. ^ George W. Lewis - 1936 Medalist
  11. ^ Hugo Eckener - 1937 Medalist
  12. ^ Alfred Fedden - 1938 Medalist
  13. ^ Donald W. Douglas - 1939 Medalist
  14. ^ Glenn L. Martin - 1940 Medalist
  15. ^ Juan T. Trippe - 1941 Medalist
  16. ^ James H. Doolittle - 1942 Medalist
  17. ^ Edmund T. Allen - 1943 Medalist
  18. ^ Lawrence D. Bell - 1944 Medalist
  19. ^ Theodore P. Wright - 1945 Medalist
  20. ^ Frank Whittle - 1946 Medalist
  21. ^ Lester D. Gardner - 1947 Medalist
  22. ^ Leroy R. Grumman - 1948 Medalist
  23. ^ Edward P. Warner - 1949 Medalist
  24. ^ Hugh L. Dryden - 1950 Medalist
  25. ^ Igor I. Sikorsky - 1951 Medalist
  26. ^ Geoffrey de Havilland - 1952 Medalist
  27. ^ Charles Lindbergh - 1953 Medalist
  28. ^ Clarence D. Howe - 1954 Medalist
  29. ^ Theodore von Karman - 1955 Medalist
  30. ^ Frederick B. Rentschler - 1956 Medalist
  31. ^ Arthur E. Raymond - 1957 Medalist
  32. ^ William Littlewood - 1958 Medalist
  33. ^ George Edwards - 1959 Medalist
  34. ^ Grover Loening - 1960 Medalist
  35. ^ Jerome F. Lederer - 1961 Medalist
  36. ^ James H. Kindelberger - 1962 Medalist
  37. ^ James S. McDonnell - 1963 Medalist
  38. ^ Robert H. Goddard - 1964 Medalist
  39. ^ Sydney Camm - 1965 Medalist
  40. ^ Charles S. Draper - 1966 Medalist
  41. ^ George S. Schairer - 1967 Medalist
  42. ^ H. M. Horner - 1968 Medalist
  43. ^ H. Julian Allen - 1969 Medalist
  44. ^ Jakob Ackeret - 1970 Medalist
  45. ^ Archibald E. Russell - 1971 Medalist
  46. ^ William C. Mentzer - 1972 Medalist
  47. ^ William M. Allen - 1973 Medalist
  48. ^ Floyd L. Thompson - 1974 Medalist
  49. ^ Duane L. Wallace - 1975 Medalist
  50. ^ Marcel Dassault - 1976 Medalist
  51. ^ Cyrus R. Smith - 1977 Medalist
  52. ^ Edward H. Heinemann - 1978 Medalist
  53. ^ Gerhard Neumann - 1979 Medalist
  54. ^ Edward Wells - 1980 Medalist
  55. ^ Clarence Johnson - 1981 Medalist
  56. ^ David S. Lewis - 1982 Medalist
  57. ^ Nicholas J. Hoff - 1983 Medalist
  58. ^ Thomas H. Davis - 1984 Medalist
  59. ^ Thornton A. Wilson - 1985 Medalist
  60. ^ Hans W. Liepmann - 1986 Medalist
  61. ^ Paul B. MacCready - 1987 Medalist
  62. ^ J. R. D. Tata - 1988 Medalist
  63. ^ Fred E. Weick - 1989 Medalist
  64. ^ Joseph F. Sutter - 1990 Medalist
  65. ^ Hans P. von Ohain - 1991 Medalist
  66. ^ Bernard L. Koff - 1992 Medalist
  67. ^ Ludwig Boelkow - 1993 Medalist
  68. ^ Helmut H. Korst - 1994 Medalist
  69. ^ Robert C. Seamans - 1995 Medalist
  70. ^ William R. Sears - 1996 Medalist
  71. ^ Abe Silverstein - 1997 Medalist
  72. ^ Richard Coar - 1998 Medalist
  73. ^ Frank E. Marble - 1999 Medalist
  74. ^ William H. Pickering - 2000 Medalist
  75. ^ Richard T. Whitcomb - 2001 Medalist
  76. ^ John G. Borger - 2002 Medalist
  77. ^ Holt Ashley - 2003 Medalist
  78. ^ Courtland Perkins - 2004 Medalist
  79. ^ Eugene E. Covert - 2005 Medalist
  80. ^ Robert Loewy - 2006 Medalist
  81. ^ Alexander Flax - 2007 Medalist
  82. ^ "Earl Dowell - 2008 Medalist". Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  83. ^ "Arthur E. Bryson - 2009 Medalist". Archived from the original on 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  84. ^ Liebeck to receive Guggenheim Medal
  85. ^ Antony Jameson - 2015 Medalist
  86. ^ a b c d "AIAA Guggenheim Medal". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  87. ^ "Medal Recipients". www. Retrieved 2021-02-21.