Honorary Member

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): Candidates for Honorary Member must be corporate members of ASME. Up to five Honorary Members may be elected each year.
Administrative Responsibility: Committee on Honors (COH)
Nomination Deadline: March 1
Nomination Sent To: Committee on Honors
Committee Chair: K.Y. Bayazitoglu
Phone Number: 212-591-7094
Email: mckivorf@asme.org
Awarded By: Board of Governors

 

HONORARY MEMBER RECIPIENTS

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

James B. Jones

  Junuthula N. Reddy
  Gano Dunn   John E. Jonsson   Paul J. Torpey
  Vice-Adm. Emory S. Land   Morrough P. O’Brien
2012 Yildiz Bayazitoglu
  Sir (Standen) Leonard Pearce   Ronald B. Smith   Zděnek P. Bažant
1945 Rear Adm. Harold G. Bowen 1980 Gerald W. Becker   Vijay K. Dhir
  Dugald Caleb Jackson   Bruno A. Boley   Yogesh Jaluria
  Andrey Abraham Potter   Roland A. Budenholzer 2013 Ted Belytschko
  Sir William A. Stanier   Jimmy Carter   John Howell
  Wen-Hao Wong   Wallace Lacy Chadwick   Said Jahanmir
1946 Alexander G. Christie   James W. Daily   Sadik Kakac
  Ralph E. Flanders   Branislav Djakovic   Arunava Majumdar
  Lt. Gen. W.S. Knudsen   Robert M. Drake, Jr. 2014 Warren R. DeVries
  Irving E. Moultrop   Charles W. Elston   Robert E. Nickell
  Lewis K. Sillcox   Carlo Ferrari   Pol D. Spanos
1947 Marquis of Aberdeen   Michael Field 2015 Romesh Batra
  Everett G. Ackart   Sir Hugh Ford   Webb J. Marner
  Harvey N. Davis   William R. Gould   Terry E. Shoup
  Lord Dudley Gordon   Serge Gratch 2016

Cristina H. Amon

  Francis Hodgkinson   Jost M. Haenny   Ashwani K. Gupta
  Gen. George C. Marshall   Shen Hong   Shiv G. Kapoor
1948 Carl F. Braun   Sir Stanley Hooker 2017 Ramesh K. Agarwal
  Lyman J. Briggs   Alexander Horowitz   John W. Cipolla
  Oscar A. Leutwiler   Yu-Tung Hu   Michael F. Modest
  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    
1950 Harold V. Coes   Frithiof I. Niordson    
  Lilliam M. Gilbreth   Olayemi Olowu    
  Frederick Ljungstrom   Jacques Peters    
  Harry M. Pflager   Kenneth Preiss