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: J.M. Vance
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 2014 Warren R. DeVries
  Lord Dudley Gordon   Serge Gratch   Robert E. Nickell
  Francis Hodgkinson   Jost M. Haenny   Pol D. Spanos
  Gen. George C. Marshall   Shen Hong 2015 Romesh Batra
1948 Carl F. Braun   Sir Stanley Hooker   Webb J. Marner
  Lyman J. Briggs   Alexander Horowitz   Terry E. Shoup
  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