John Fritz Medal
John Fritz Gold Medal 1921.jpg
Awarded forOutstanding scientific or industrial achievements.
CountryUnited States United States
Presented byAmerican Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
First awarded1902; 121 years ago (1902)
WebsiteJohn Fritz Medal Past Recipients

The John Fritz Medal has been awarded annually since 1902 by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) for "outstanding scientific or industrial achievements". The medal was created for the 80th birthday of John Fritz, who lived between 1822 and 1913.[1][2][3] When AAES was dissolved in 2020, the administration of the Fritz medal was transferred to the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), and is currently coordinated by AIME member society, the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME).[4]


The John Fritz Medal is often described as the "Nobel Prize for engineering."[5][6][7] This prestigious award is given annually for notable scientific or industrial achievements. It is granted to living people, but also posthumous. Since its initiation in 1902, there were six years when it was not awarded.

The John Fritz Medal board once consisted of sixteen representatives is four national societies in the fields of civil engineering, mining, metallurgical engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.[8]

Among the most notable winners are Thomas Edison, Lord Kelvin, Alexander Graham Bell, George Westinghouse, Orville Wright, Charles F. "Boss" Kettering, Claude Shannon, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore.


See also


  1. ^ "Awards". American Association of Engineering Societies. Archived from the original on 2016-05-02. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Fritz Medal". Time Magazine. Time Inc. April 6, 1925. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Trainer, M. (2008). "In Memoriam: Lord Kelvin, Recipient of The John Fritz Medal in 1905". Physics in Perspective. 10 (2): 212–223. Bibcode:2008PhP....10..212T. doi:10.1007/s00016-007-0344-4. S2CID 124435108.
  4. ^ "AIME Awards". AIME. Retrieved 2022-04-25.
  5. ^ "Lynn Beedle, a world engineer, dies at 85". October 31, 2003. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  6. ^ American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chemical Engineering Progress, Vol. 104, Nr. 7-12, 2008. p. 97.
  7. ^ "Revisiting the Engineering Elite". January 5, 2004. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  8. ^ "Award of the John Fritz Gold Medal." Science, 1939. Accessed 2017-09-13.
  9. ^ "SME AWARDS". SME. Retrieved 2022-04-25.
  10. ^ "John Fritz Medal Award - Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration".
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2020-02-23. Retrieved 2020-03-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Elmer Sperry Dies. Famous Inventor". New York Times. June 17, 1930. Retrieved 2012-12-21.