IRI Salutes Award Recipients

IRI Medal

The IRI Medal, established in 1946, recognizes and honors leaders of technology for their outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation which contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society. This award is traditionally presented at the IRI Annual Meeting held each spring.


One side of the medal depicts the scientist in a never-ending quest for knowledge. Imagination and mental activity are symbolized by Pegasus. The practical results of harnessing national forces to meet the needs of mankind are represented in the clouds issuing from the retort. The reverse side of the medal is an adaptation of the official seal of the Industrial Research Institute.


Past Recipients

Willis Rodney Whitney (1946)
Charles Allen Thomas (1947)
Garnes Slayter (1948)
Vannevar Bush (1949)
Frank Baldwin Jewett (1950)
Randolph Thomas Major (1951)
Roy Chester Newton (1952)
Eger Vaughan Murphree (1953)
Mervin Joe Kelly ( 1954)
Ernest Henry Volwiler (1955)
Victor Conquest (1956)
Clifford Fred Rassweiler (1957)
Elmer William Engstrom (1958)
Frank Koch Schoenfeld (1959)
Augustus Braun Kinzel (1960)
Max Tishler (1961)
Chauncey Guy Suits (1962)
James Brown Fisk (1963)
Ray Harold Boundy (1964)
Edwin Herbert Land (1965)
Paul Lawrence Salzberg (1966)
Emanual Ruben Piore (1967)
John Hans Dessauer (1968)
Patrick Eugene Haggerty (1969)
William Oliver Baker (1970)
Henri Busignies (1971)
Peter Carl Goldmark (1972)
William Earl Shoupp (1973)
Robert William Cairns (1974)
James Hillier (1975)
Hendrik B.G. Casimir (1976)
John J. Burns (1977)
Malcolm E. Pruitt (1978)
Arthur M. Bueche (1979)
Lewis H. Sarett (1981)
Wm. Houston Armistead (1981)
N. Bruce Hannay (1982)
Edward E. David Jr. (1983)
Harry W. Coover (1984)
Ralph E. Gomory (1985)
George E. Pake (1986)
Ian M. Ross (1987)
Abraham B. Cohen (1988)
Roland W. Schmitt (1989)
Edward M. Scolnick (1990)
Mary L. Good (1991)

John S. Mayo (1992)
George H. Heilmeier (1993)
Walter L. Robb (1994)
John J. Wise (1995)
Robert A. Frosch (1996)
Donald E. Elson (1997)
Arno A. Penzias (1998)
John Seely Brown (1999)
Gordon F. Brunner (2000)
Phillip Needleman (2001)
Charles W. Deneka (2002)
Lewis S. Edelheit (2003)
John W. Miley (2004)
Paul M. Horn (2005)
David O. Swain (2006)
Nabil Y. Sakkab (2007)
Ralph Snyderman (2008)
Norman R. Augustine (2009)
Nicholas M. Donofrio (2010)
Uma Chowdhry (2011)
F. Emil Jacobs (2012)
Robert S. Langer (2013)
George M. Whitesides (2013)
Joseph DeSimone (2014)


IRI Achievement Award

The IRI Achievement Award, established in 1973, is given to honor outstanding accomplishment in individual creativity and innovation that contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society. The award is presented at the IRI Annual Meeting.


Tangible recognition of the award is an original work of art symbolizing the creative nature of scientific achievement. The bronze sculpture expresses the flight of imagination in achieving technological innovation. The artist, John Blair, is a renowned sculptor whose work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City and San Francisco. His work is on permanent display at the Cavalier Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut.


Past Recipients

William F. Gresham (1974)
William G. Pfann (1975)
Maurice R. Hilleman (1976)
LeGrand Van Uitert (1977)
Robert H. Wentoff, Jr. (1978)
Frank B. Colton (1979)
Stanley D. Stookey (1980)
Andrew H. Bobeck (1981)
Robert N. Noyce (1982)
Herbert W. Boyer (1983)
John W. Backus (1984)
Allan S. Hay (1985)
John E. Franz (1986)
Robert D. Maurer (1987)
Howard G. Rogers (1988)
Alfred Yi Cho (1989)
Robert H. Dennard (1990)
Leonard S. Cutler (1991)
Victor Mills (1992)
Richard H. Frenkiel (1993)
Marvin M. Johnson (1994)
Marinus Los (1995)
Andrzej J. Pawlak (1996)
Stephanie L. Kwolek (1997)
Simon F. Campbell (1998)
James E. West (1999)
Harry W. Coover (2000)
C. Don Bateman (2001)
George H. Beall (2002)
Madan M. Bhasin (2003)
Edith M. Flanigan (2004)
Dennis M. Richie ( 2005)
Paul D. Trokhan ( 2006)
Rakesh Agrawal (2007)
Dean L. Kamen (2008)
Ashok J. Joshi (2009)
Linden Blue (2010)
Richard Hayes (2011)
John J. Curro (2012)


Maurice Holland Award

The Maurice Holland Award was established in 1982 in honor of IRI’s founder, Maurice Holland. The award recognizes the best paper published in Research-Technology Management in the previous year that meets the criteria of significance to the field of R&D, technology, and innovation management; originality of new management concepts; and excellence in clarity of presentation. The award is traditionally presented at the IRI Member Summit.

Congratulations to the 2014 Holland Award Winners Ray O. Johnson, Senior Vice President and CTO, Lockheed Martin, and John D. Evans, VP of International Engineering & Technology, also of Lockheed Martin.  Their article, "Tools for Managing Early-Stage Business Model Innovation," was published in the September-October 2013 issue of Research-Technology Management.

The award is a crystal Faberge 3D replica of a World War I "Jenny," symbolizing the spirit and dynamism of Maurice Holland, a former pilot who flew a "Jenny" during the war.


Past Recipients 

D. Bruce Merrifield (1982)
Warren R. Stumpe (1983)
George E. Manners, Jr., Joseph A. Steger, Thomas W. Zimmerer (1984)
Robert A. Frosch (1985)
Richard N. Foster, Alan M. Kantrow, Lawrence H. Linden, Roger L. Whiteley (1986)
Harry W. Coover (1987)
Roland W. Schmitt (1988)
Lester C. Krogh, Julianne H. Prager, David P. Sorensen, John D. Tomlinson (1989)
Albert C. Perrino, James W. Tipping (1990)
Robert G. Cooper (1991)
Walter L. Robb (1992)
Graham R. Mitchell (1993)
C. K. Prahalad (1994)
Robert G. Cooper (1995)
Mark R. Gallon and Harold M. Stillman (1996)
Deb Chatterji (1997)

Sheldon A. Buckler (1998)
John Seely Brown (1999)
William C. Herbein, Robert C. Morris,
and Gregory R. Smith (2000)
Ian C. MacMillan and Rita Gunther McGrath (2001)
Marc H. Meyer and Paul C. Mugge (2002)
Robin A. Karol, Ross C. Loeser, and Richard H. Tait (2003)
Jeffrey T. Glass, Ingrid M. Ensing, and Gerardine DeSanctis (2004)
Jay Paap and Ralph Katz (2005)
Miles P. Drake, Nabil Y. Sakkab, and Ronald Jonash (2007)
Raymond R. Cosner, E. Jefferson Hynds, Alan R. Fusfeld, Carl V. Loweth, Charles Scouten, and Richard Albright (2008)
Paul B. Germeraad and Ronald P. Taylor (2009)
Seongkeun Jang, Yongki Yoon, Inseong Lee, and Jinwoo Kim (2010)
William Banholzer (2011)
Bilal Kaafarani and Jane Edison Stevenson (2012)
Peter Toft, Bill Crandall, and Paul Henderson (2013)
Ray O. Johnson and John D. Evans (2014)

2014 Holland Award

Ray O. Johnson, Senior Vice President and CTO, Lockheed Martin (not pictured) and John D. Evans, VP of International Engineering & Technology, also of Lockheed Martin

2015 IRI Medalist

(l to r:  Dr. Dan Abramowicz, IRI Chairman; Dr. Subra Suresh, Dr. Steve Hoover, CEO, PARC) 

2015 IRI Achievement Award

(l to r:  Dr. Dan Abramowicz, IRI Chairmain; Chuck Hull,  Avi Reichental, CEO 3D Systems)