R. Tom Sawyer Award

The R. Tom Sawyer Award is bestowed on an individual who has made important contributions to advance the purpose of the Gas Turbine Industry and to the International Gas Turbine Institute over a substantial period of time. The contribution may be in any area of institute activity but must be marked by sustained forthright efforts.

The award was established in 1972 to honor R. Tom Sawyer who, for over four decades, toiled zealously to advance gas turbine technology in all of its aspects.

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Form of Award: $1000, plaque and certificate
Administrative Responsibility: International Gas Turbine Institute
Limitation(s): None
Nomination Deadline: August 15
E-mail: persaudl@asme.org
Awarded By: Committee on Honors (COH)

R. Tom Sawyer Awardees

2024 Kenneth C. Hall
2023 Karen A. Thole
2022 Timothy C. Lieuwen  
2021 Robert E. Kielb
2020 Sunao Aoki
2019 Om P. Sharma
2018 Aspi R. Wadia
2017 Alan H. Epstein
2016 Nicholas Cumpsty
2015 Lee S. Langston
2014 Reza S. Abhari
2013 Anthony J. Strazisar
2012 David C. Wisler
2011 Dilip R. Ballal
2010 Herbert Jericha
2009 Michael G. Dunn
2008 Theodore H. Okiishi
2007 John Douglas Denton
2006 Erio Benvenuti
2005 Edward M. Greitzer
2004 Herb I.H. Saravanamuttoo
2003 Sigmar Wittig
2002 Philip C. Ruffles
2001 Max Bentele
2000 Martin C. Hemsworth
1999 Donald E. Bently
1998 Donald W. Bahr
1997 John H. Horlock
1996 Donald D. Hill
1995 Geoffrey L. Wilde.
1994 Brian H. Rowe
1993 Arthur J. Wennerstrom
1992 William R. Hawthorne
1991 Gerhard Neumann
1990 Hans J.P. von Ohain
1989 Edward S. Wright
1988 Bernard L. Koff
1987 Leroy H. Smith, Jr.
1986 Elvie L. Smith
1985 Anselm Franz
1984 Arthur H. Lefebvre
1983 Sven-Olof Kronogard
1982 R. Noel Penny
1981 Thomas E. Stott, Jr.
1980 Ralph L. Boyer
1979 Sam B. Williams
1978 Sir Frank Whittle
1977 Alexander L. London
1976 Curt Keller
1975 Bruce O. Buckland
1974 Waheeb Rizk
1973 John W. Sawyer
1972 R. Tom Sawyer

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