Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Foundation
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Medal of Honor, established in 1917, is the highest IEEE award. It is presented when a candidate is identified as having made a particular contribution that forms a clearly exceptional addition to the science and technology of concern to IEEE.
In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: substantial significance of achievement, originality, impact on society, impact on the profession, publications, and patents relating to the achievement. The quality of the nomination is also considered.
The importance of the quality of the nomination itself, and of the supporting endorsement letters, cannot be overemphasized.
Any person may be nominated for an IEEE-level award, regardless of IEEE membership, with the following exceptions:
- Members of the IEEE Board of Directors
- Members of the IEEE Awards Board
- Members of the IEEE Awards Council – Chairs of the selection committees who sit on a Council are not eligible for an award that their Council oversees
- Medal of Honor recipients cannot receive another IEEE Medal
- Medal recipients cannot receive another medal or Technical Field Award for the same work
- Technical Field Award recipients cannot receive another Technical Field Award for the same work, but may be elevated to a medal in a future year
- An IEEE-level award recipient is ineligible to receive two IEEE-level awards in the same year
- Award Selection Committee members cannot be considered while serving on a relevant board or committee
- Deceased persons (exception: an award may be presented posthumously if recipient’s death occurs after the IEEE Board of Directors approves the nomination)
- IEEE staff
Any individual who is currently not serving on the IEEE Board of Directors, IEEE Awards Board, or the Technical Field Award Council/Medals Council/Recognitions Council, and the respective selection committee is eligible to endorse a candidate. IEEE Staff are not eligible to endorse a candidate.
The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and honorarium. In a given year, if the Medal of Honor Recipient is not an IEEE member, that recipient will be automatically recommended to the IEEE Board of Directors for IEEE Honorary Membership.
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How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online, using the application form provided on the IEEE Medal of Honour Award website. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org by the external deadline.