An Honorary Member shall be a person who has made “distinctive contributions” to engineering, science, industry, research, public service, or other pursuits allied with and beneficial to the engineering profession.

Honorary Membership was first awarded in 1880, the founding year of the Society.  The roster of Honorary Members contains the names of leaders of world renown who have been selected under carefully drawn procedures rigorously maintained by the Society over the years. 

In 1962, the ASME further defined this statement as “distinguished service that contributes significantly to the goals of the engineering profession”. While this definition may sometimes imply career-long dedicated activity, that alone is not adequate for this highest level of Society Membership.

The Board of Governors may elect up to five Honorary Members each year (By-Law B3.1.10). An Exception was made in 1980 - the Centennial Year of the Society - when 38 Honorary members were elected.

Form of Award: Silver Medal, Certificate and Travel expense supplement to attend the award presentation.
Limitation(s): No more than five Honorary Members per year.
Administrative Responsibility: Committee on Honors (COH)
Nomination Deadline: March 1
Nomination Sent To: Committee on Honors
Committee Chair: K.A. Thole
Phone Number: 212-591-7094
Email: mckivorf@asme.org
Awarded By: Board of Governors

 

HONORARY MEMBER RECIPIENTS

1880 Horatio Allen 1950 Harold V. Coes Frithiof I. Niordson
Henry R. Worthington   Lilliam M. Gilbreth Olayemi Olowu
1882 Daniel Kinnear Clark   Frederick Ljungstrom   Jacques Peters
Rudolph J.E. Clausius Harry M. Pflager   Kenneth Preiss
Peter Cooper 1951 Norris Roy Crump   Milton C. Shaw
Otto Hallauer   Robert M. Gates   Frank Spedding
Gustav Adolf Hirn   Lewis F. Moody   Arthur J. Stock
Alexander L. Holley   Latham E. Osborne   Everett O. Waters
Sir Edward J. Reed Harry A. Winne 1981 Samuel R. Beitler
Franz Reuleaux 1952 John M. Lessells Phillip Eisenberg
Henri Adolphe-Eugene Schneider   Stephen P. Timoshenko James L. Everett, III
C. William Siemens 1953 Vice-Adm. Edward L. Cochrane Sydney Goldstein
Henri Tresca William A. Handley Sir Arnold Hall
1884 Johann Bauschinger   Alexander C. Monteith 1982 Daniel C. Drucker
Sir Frederick J. Bramwell Shepard T. Powell William Hawthorne
Franz Grashof William F. Ryan   Kenneth D. Nichols
Friedrich Gustav Hermann 1954 Sir Hugh E.C. Beaver Claude Seippel
1886 Sir Benjamin Baker   Vannevar Bush 1983  Karl Bammert
James Dredge   Sir Vincent de Ferranti Iain Finnie
Victor Dwelshauvers-Dery Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower Nicholas J. Hoff
Francis A. Walker   Louis Giannattasio Paul M. Naghdi
1889 Sir John Coode   Richard Edgar Heartz William T. Reid
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel   Percy L. Jones 1984 Isaac R. Caraco
Joseph Hirsch   Henry B. Oatley Kenneth R. Daniel
1890 Charles Talbot Porter Abbott L. Penniman, Jr.   J. George H. Thompson
1891 Sir Henry Bessemer   Philip Sporn 1985  Ronald L. Geer
Henry Léauté George L. Sullivan   Theodore H.H. Pian
1894 Benjamin Franklin Isherwood   Charles E. Wilson Raymond A.J. Snoeys
1897 George Westinghouse 1955 Jacob Ackeret 1986  Bernard Crossland
1898 William Cawthorne Unwin   Joseph B. Armitage   Allan D. Kraus
1900 Gustave Canet   Detlev W. Bronk 1987  Richard J. Coar
Sir Charles Douglas Fox Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle   Robert Plunkett
John Fritz   Samuel B. Earle   Herbert H. Richardson
Sir WIlliam Henry White   Simes T. Hoyt 1988  Stephen H. Crandall
1904 Thomas Alva Edison   Ernest F. Mercier   Robert H. Page
1905 Sir WIlliam Arrol   Carl G.A. Rosen   Allen F. Rhodes
Charles Haynes Haswell   Hilding V. Tornebohm Warren M. Rohsenow
1907 Andrew Carnegie   Clyde E. Williams   Edward A. Saibel
1910 Rear Adm. G.W. Melville 1956 Charles W.E. Clark 1989  Fred Landis
1911 Sir J.A.F. Aspinal   Willian Francis Gibbs   Hans W. Liepmann
1912 Carl Gustaf Patrick de Laval   Solomon C. Hollister   Edward F. Obert
Rudolph Diesel 1957 E.G. Bailey   Antoni K. Oppenheim
Anatole Mallet John Blizard   William R. Sears
Oskar von Miller James E. Gleason 1990  William E. Cooper
1913 Capt. Charles H. Manning   Ernest L. Robinson   George Herrmann
1914 Sir Alfred Fernandez Yarrow 1959 Thomas B. Drew 1991 Simon Ostrach
1915 Erasmus Darwin Leavitt   Adm. Ben Moreell   Eric Reissner
1916 Ambrose Swasey 1960 Henry T. Heald George N. Sandor
John Edson Sweet 1961 Sanford L. Cluett 1992 Richard M. Christensen
1917 Maj.Gen. G.W. Goethals   Frederick H. Rolt   Ferdinand Freudenstein
1918 Charles M. Schwab   Willis F. Thompson Richard J. Goldstein
  Orville Wright 1962 Clarence B. Campbell Bernard L. Koff
1919 Charles de Freminville   Thomas Keith Glennan 1993 Joseph M. Juran
  Auguste C.E. Rateau 1963 Vivian Fitzgeorge Estcourt Chang L. Tien
1920 Rear Adm. R.S. Griffin   Joseph Oakland Hirschfelder 1994 T. Brooke Benjamin
  Robert Woolston Hunt 1964 Jacob P. Den Hartog Allen Latham, Jr.
  The Honorable Sir Charles Algernon Parsons Hugh L. Dryden 1995  Alan J. Chapman
  Grande Uffiiale Ing. Pio Perrone   James N. Landis   Thomas R. Kane
  Samuel Matthews Vauclain Glenn B. Warren Paul Leung
  Right Honorable Lord Weir 1965 Clarence E. Davies John H. Lienhard
1921 Marshal Ferdinand Foch   Hans Ernst 1996  Arthur E. Bergles
  Nathanael Greene Herreshoff Luis Giorgi   Yuan-Cheng B. Fung
  Henry Robinson Towne William M. Keller George N. Hatsopoulos
1925 Gen. W.W. Atterbury   Reginald J.S. Pigott Stephen J. Kline
  Herbert Clark Hoover 1966 Orlan W. Boston   Ascher H. Shapiro
  Worcester Reed Warner Walker L. Cisler 1997 Leroy S. “Skip” Fletcher
1927 Henry Le Chatelier   Joseph H. Keenan   Werner Goldsmith
1928 Mortimer Elwyn Cooley Alf J.R. Lysholm   Salomon Levy
Howard Coonley   Sir Geoffrey I. Taylor Clayton Daniel Mote, Jr.
  Ira N. Hollis 1967 William H. Byrne Reginald I. Vachon
1929 Masawo Kamo   Reinout P. Kroon 1998 Frederick F. Ling
Vis. Ei-ichi Shibusawa Carl R. Soberberg Genichi Taguchi
1930 Elihu Thomson Dana Young 1999  W. Wayne Allen
1931 Calvin Winsor Rice 1968 Crosby Field Michael M. Carroll
Palmer C. Ricketts   Robert B. Lea   Michael M. Carroll
1932 John Ripley Freeman Rudolph E. Peterson   John Dundurs
1934 William F. Durand Hunter House 2000 Aaron Cohen
David Schenk Jacobus 1969 William C. Foster Douwe de Vries
1936 Rear Adm. H.I. Cone Raymond D. Mindlin 2001 Ernest L. Daman
Alex Dow R. Thomas Sawyer   Helmut H. Korst
George A. Orrok James M. Todd Henry McDonald
1937 Lorenzo Allievi 1970 Richard G. Folsom 2002 Jan D. Achenbach
1938 Maj. Gen. W.H. Tschappat Martin Goland   Bei Tse Chao
1939 Edmund Bruce Ball William Prager Amos E. Holt
Dexter Simpson Kimball 1971 Robert A. Bowman 2003 Richard Rosenberg
Charles Thomas Main M. Eugene Merchant Karl J. Springer
Edwin Jay Prindle Nathan M. Newmark John A. Swanson
Henry Hague Vaughan 1972 Walter Ramberg 2004 Ray M. Bowen
1940 William Abbott George R. Rich Frank Kreith
Robert W. Angus Louis N. Rowley, Jr.   J. Tinsley Oden
Arthur M. Greene, Jr. Carl E. Tack Donald N. Zwiep
Albert Kingsbury 1973 Herbert Allen 2005 Sia Nemat-Nasser
James A. Seymour Miklós Hetényi John R. Sununu
1941 Leon Pratt Alford Lord Hinton (of Bankside) Charles O. Velzy
Clarence Decatur Howe Arthur M. Wahl 2006  Alva L. Addy
Adm. S.M. Robinson Frank S.G. Williams James R. Welty
Aurel Stodola 1974 George Francis Carter   Ward O. Winer
Maj. Gen. Charles M. Wesson John Wistar Simpson 2007 Avram Bar-Cohen
1942 William L. Batt 1975 Ernst R.G. Eckert Richard E. DeVor
Willis H. Carrier George A. Hawkins Bobby L. Green
Charles E. Ferris Eugene W. O'Brien 2008 Robert A. Bennett
Jerome C. Hunsaker Stewart Way Nancy D. Fitzroy
Sir Harry Ricardo 1976 Samuel B. Batdorf 2009  David L. Belden
1943 Francis Blossom Ralph M. Hardgrove Winfred M. Phillips
Ralph Budd Kenneth A. Roe Charles M. Vest
Lt. Gen. A.G.L. McNaughton Arthur F. Underwood   William A. Weiblen
Edward N. Trump 1977 Ivar Giaever 2010 William J. Adams
Roy V. Wright Philip G. Hodge, Jr. Harry Armen
1944 Charles M. Allen Donald E. Marlowe Keith B. Thayer
Maj. Gen. Levin H. Campbell, Jr. Ralph A. Seban   David N. Wormley
Gano Dunn 1978 Howard W. Emmons Sam Y. Zamrik
Vice-Adm. Emory S. Land Burgess H. Jennings 2011 Adrian Bejan
Sir (Standen) Leonard Pearce 1979 H. Norman Abramson   Joseph A. Falcon
1945 Rear Adm. Harold G. Bowen 1980 Gerald W. Becker Nathan H. Hurt
Dugald Caleb Jackson Bruno A. Boley Junuthula N. Reddy
Andrey Abraham Potter Roland A. Budenholzer   Paul J. Torpey
Sir William A. Stanier Jimmy Carter 2012 Yildiz Bayazitoglu
Wen-Hao Wong Wallace Lacy Chadwick   Zděnek P. Bažant
1946 Alexander G. Christie James W. Daily Vijay K. Dhir
Ralph E. Flanders Branislav Djakovic Yogesh Jaluria
Lt. Gen. W.S. Knudsen Robert M. Drake, Jr. 2013 Ted  Belytschko
Irving E. Moultrop Charles W. Elston   John Howell
Lewis K. Sillcox Carlo Ferrari Said Jahanmir
1947 Marquis of Aberdeen   Michael Field Sadik Kakac
Everett G. Ackart   Sir Hugh Ford   Arunava Majumdar
Harvey N. Davis   William R. Gould  
Lord Dudley Gordon Serge Gratch
Francis Hodgkinson Jost M. Haenny
  Gen. George C. Marshall Shen Hong
1948 Carl F. Braun Sir Stanley Hooker
Lyman J. Briggs   Alexander Horowitz
Oscar A. Leutwiler Yu-Tung Hu
James W. Parker M.M. Khan
George I. Rockwood Kankuro Kaneshige
1949 Alex D. Bailey Warner T. Koiter
Oliver V.S. Bulleid   Sir James Lighthill
Samuel W. Duddley Alexander L. London
Roy C. Muir   Donald L. Mordell
D. Robert Yarnall   Roger N. Morse