Wright Brothers Medal
Conceived of in 1924 by the Dayton Section of the SAE, the SAE established Wright Brothers Medal in 1927 to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions in the engineering design, development, or operation of air and space vehicles. Its award is based on contributed research papers.

The award honors Wilbur and Orville Wright
Wright brothers
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur , were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903...

 as the first successful builders of heavier-than-air craft.

Awardees and Research Topics: 1928-1975

  • 1928 Clinton Hunter Havill - Aircraft Propellers.
  • 1929 Ralph Hazlett Upson - Wings - A Coordinated System of Basic Design.
  • 1930 Theodore Paul Wright
    Theodore Paul Wright
    Theodore Paul Wright was a U.S. aeronautical engineer and educator. Born in Galesburg, Illinois, he served as acting president of Cornell University in 1951. Theodore P...

     - The Development of a Safe Airplane - The Curtis Tanager.
  • 1931 Stephen Joseph Zand: A Study of Airplane and Instrument Board Vibration
  • 1932 Edward Pearson Warner
    Edward Pearson Warner
    Edward Pearson Warner was an American pioneer in aviation and a teacher in aeronautical engineering...

    : The Rational Specifications of Airplane Load Factors
  • 1933 Eastman Nixon Jacobs: The Aerodynamics of Wing Sections for Airplanes
  • 1934 Rex Buren Beisel, A. L. MacClain, and F. M. Thomas: Cowling and Cooling of Radial Air-Cooled Aircraft Engines
  • 1935 William Littlewood
    William Littlewood
    William Littlewood was an aeronautical engineer noted for his contributions to the design and operational requirements of Transport aircraft. He was the only person to preside over both SAE and AIAA, two of the main aerospace professional organizations...

    : Operating Requirements for Transport Airplanes
  • 1936 R. J. Minshall, J. K. Ball, and F. P. Laudan: Problems in the Design and Construction of Large Aircraft
  • 1937 Richard V. Rhode
    Richard V. Rhode
    Richard V. Rhode was an early aeronautical engineer at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, who researched aerodynamic loading. He was awarded the Wright Brothers Medal in 1937 for this work...

     - Gust Loads on Airplanes
  • 1938 no award given
  • 1939 Kenneth A. Browne: Dynamic Suspension - A Method of Aircraft Engine Mounting
  • 1940 Clarence Leonard Johnson: Rudder Control Problems on Four-Engined Airplanes
  • 1941 Samuel Jasper Loring: General Approach to the Flutter Problem
  • 1942 Charles R. Strang: Progress in Structural Design Through Strain-Gage Technique
  • 1943 Costas E. Pappas: The Determination of Fuselage Moments
  • 1944 Kenneth Campbell (engineer): Engine Cooling Fan Theory and Practice
  • 1945 Myron Tribus
    Myron Tribus
    Myron T. Tribus was the director of the Center for Advanced Engineering Study at MIT. He headed the center when it published W. Edwards Deming's book, Out of the Crisis, and became a leading supporter and interpreter of W. Edwards Deming...

    : Report on Development and Application of Heated Wings
  • 1946 Frederick Van Horne Judd: A Systematic Approach to the Aerodynamic Design of Radial Engine Installations
  • 1947 Henry B. Gibbons: Experiences of an Aircraft Manufacturer with Sandwich Material
  • 1948 Kermit Van Every
    Kermit Van Every
    Kermit Van Every was a noted American aeronautical engineer best known for his work in the area of very high speed flight. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and had the unusual distinction of receiving the Wright Brothers Medal twice, in 1948 and 1958.Van...

    : Aerodynamics of High Speed Airplanes
  • 1949 Homer J. Wood and Frederick Dallenbach: Auxiliary Gas Turbines for Pneumatic Power in Aircraft Applications
  • 1950 James Charles Floyd: The Avro C102 Jetliner
  • 1951 Orville Albert Wheelon: Design Methods and Manufacturing Techniques with Titanium

  • 1952 W. J. Kunz, Jr.: A New Technique for Investigating Jet Engine Compressor Stall and Other Transient Characteristics

  • 1953 D. N. Meyers and Z. Ciolkosz: Matching the Characteristics of Helicopters and Shaft Turbines

  • 1954 John M. Tyler and E. C. Perry, Jr.: Jet Noise

  • 1955 Wendell E. Reed: A New Approach to Turbojet and Ramjet Engine Controls

  • 1956 Charles Horton Zimmerman: Some General Considerations Concerning VTOL Aircraft

  • 1957 Alf F. Ensrud: Problems in the Application of High Strength Steel Alloys in the Design of Supersonic Aircraft
  • 1958 Kermit Van Every
    Kermit Van Every
    Kermit Van Every was a noted American aeronautical engineer best known for his work in the area of very high speed flight. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and had the unusual distinction of receiving the Wright Brothers Medal twice, in 1948 and 1958.Van...

    : Design Problems of Very High Speed Flight
  • 1959 Milford G. Childers: Preliminary Design Considerations for the Structure of a Trisonic Transport
  • 1960 Ferdinand B. Greatrex: By-Pass Engine Noise
  • 1961 Carleton M. Mears and Robert L. Peterson: Mechanization on Minimum-Energy Automatic Lunar Soft-Landing Systems
  • 1962 Robert P. Rhodes, Jr., D. E. Chriss, and Philip M. Rubins: Effect of Heat Release on Flow Parameters in Shock Induced Combustion
  • 1963 Sitaram Rao Valluri, James B. Glassco, and George Eugene Bockrath
    George Eugene Bockrath
    George Eugene Bockrath was an aeronautical engineer and early researcher in fracture mechanics. He earned a BS in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan and began his research career as an assistant professor at The Catholic University of America in 1936...

    : Further Considerations of a Theory of Crack Propagation in Metal Fatigue
  • 1964 Marion O. McKinney, Jr., Richard E. Kuhn, and John P. Reeder: Aerodynamics and Flying Qualities of Jet V/STOL Airplanes
  • 1965 W. W. Williams, G. K. Williams, and W. C. J. Garrard: Soft and Rough Field Landing Gears
  • 1966 Julian Wolkovitch: An Introduction to Hover Dynamics
  • 1967 John A. McKillop: Flutter Characteristics of the Slap Tail
  • 1968 Leonard J. Nestor and Lawrence Maggitti, Jr.: Effects of Dynamic Environments on Fuel Tank Flammability
  • 1969 W. N. Reddisch, A. E. Sabroff, P. C. Wheeler, and J. G. Zaremba: A Semi-Active Gravity Gradient Stabilization System
  • 1970 J. Hong: Advanced Bonding for Large Aircraft
  • 1971 no award given
  • 1972 Dwight Henry Bennett and Robert P. Johannes
    Robert P. Johannes
    Robert P. Johannes is an aeronautical engineer noted primarily as one of the developers of the control configured vehicle concept...

    : Combat Capabilities and Versatility Through CCV
  • 1973 Richard E. Hayden
    Richard E. Hayden
    Richard E. Hayden is a specialist in acoustics. He earned a BS from Norwich University and an MS from Purdue University, after which he joined Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, where he embarked on a research program in the acoustics of flow/surface interactions...

    : Fundamental Aspects of Noise Reduction From Powered Lift Devices
  • 1974 Michael J. Wendl
    Michael J. Wendl
    Michael John Wendl is an engineer who worked at the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, mainly in the area of aerospace control. He is noted primarily as one of the early developers of terrain following technology and a proponent of incorporating energy management theory into the design of fighter...

    , Gordon G. Grose
    Gordon G. Grose
    Gordon G. Grose was an engineer at the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation. He won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1974 with Michael J. Wendl, J. L...

    , John L. Porter
    John L. Porter
    John Luke Porter , whose father was a shipwright at Portsmouth, Virginia, was born in 1813. He became a United States Navy civilian employee during the 1840s and a Naval Constructor in 1859. After resigning from the U.S. Navy in May 1861, he began working for the Confederate States Navy at the...

    , and Ralph V. Pruitt
    Ralph V. Pruitt
    Ralph V. Pruitt was an engineer at McDonnell Douglas who won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1974 with Michael J. Wendl, Gordon G. Grose, and J. L...

    : Flight/Propulsion Control Integration Aspects of Energy Management
  • 1975 John A. Alic and H. Archang: Comparison of Fracture and Fatigue Properties of Clad 7075-T6 Aluminum in Monolithic and Laminated Forms

Awardees: 1976-2006

  • 1976 no award given
  • 1977 - Raymond M. Hicks and Garret N. Vanderplaats
  • 1978 no award given
  • 1979 Gary E. Erickson, Dale J. Lorincz, William A. Moore, and Andrew M. Skow
  • 1980 Walter S. Cremens
  • 1981 Raymond M. Hicks
  • 1982 Andre Fort and J. J. Speyer
  • 1983 Carol A. Simpson
  • 1984 Robert J. Englar and James H. Nichols Jr.
  • 1985 Charles W. Boppe
  • 1986 James A. Hare
  • 1987 Charles P. Blankenship and Robert J. Hayduk
  • 1988 Benton C. Clark III
  • 1989 Charles W. Boppe and Warren H. Davis
  • 1990 Mariann F. Brown and Susan Schentrup
  • 1991 Lourdes M. Birckelbaw and Lloyd D. Corliss
  • 1992 G. J. Bastiaans, Steve D. Braymen, S. G. Burns, Shelley J. Coldiron, R. S. Deinhammer, William J. Deninger, R. P. O'Toole, Marc D. Porter, and H. R. Shanks
  • 1993 no award given
  • 1994 Timothy Geels, Tom McDavid, Greg Robel, and Tze Siu

  • 1995 Robert R. Wilkins Jr.

  • 1996 B. A. Moravec and Michael W. Patnoe

  • 1997 James R. Fuller

  • 1998 Robert S. McCann, Becky L. Hooey, Bonny Parke, Anthony D. Andre, David C. Foyle, and Barbara G. Kanki

  • 1999 Jeremy S. Agte, Robert Sandusky, and Jaroslaw Sobieski

  • 2000 no award given

  • 2001 Maurizio Apra, Marcello D'Amore, Maria Sabrina Sarto, Alberto Scarlatti, and Valeria Volpi

  • 2002 Gary L. Boyd, Alfred W. Fuller, and Jack Moy

  • 2003 Timothy J. Bencic, Colin S. Bidwell, Michael Papadakis, Arief Rachman, and See-Cheuk Wong

  • 2004 Philip Freeman

  • 2005 John W. Fisher, Michael T. Flynn, Eric J. Litwiller, and Martin Reinhard

  • 2006 James R. Akse, James E. Atwater
    James E. Atwater
    James E. Atwater is a retired North American multidisciplinary physical scientist with training in geophysics, chemistry and biological science. He was awarded the Wright Brothers Medal for his work on microwave powered methods for microbial stabilization and water recovery from solid waste...

    , Roger Dahl, John W. Fisher, Frank C. Garmon, Neal M. Hadley, Richard R. Wheeler Jr, Thomas W. Williams

See also

  • Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy
    Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy
    Winners of the National Aeronautic Association's Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy:*2009 - Steven Udvar-Hazy*2008 - Norman R. Augustine*2007 - Eugene Cernan*2006 - Norman Mineta*2005 - Edward C. Aldridge Jr.*2004 - Robert Crandall*2003 - John Glenn...

  • List of prizes
  • Prizes named after people
    Prizes named after people
    This is a list of prizes that are named after people.For other lists of eponyms see Lists of etymologies.* Ansari X Prize - Anousheh Ansari, Amir Ansari* Prince of Asturias Awards - Felipe, Prince of Asturias-A:...

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