IEEE Edison Medal

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Edison Medal from 1924

The IEEE Edison Medal (1904–1907: Edison Medal ; 1908–1935: AIEE Edison Medal ) is a prestigious award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for a career of meritorious advances in electrical engineering in science, engineering, and the arts . It is the oldest and most coveted medal in this field in the United States. The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica and smaller gold replicas, a certificate and an endowment.

Candidates for the medal can be proposed up to a deadline each year. A committee appointed for this purpose decides on the award.


On February 11, 1904, 25 years after Thomas Edison developed a commercially viable electric light bulb , a group of friends and partners issued a medal in Edison's honor. Their designation of the medal read: “ The Edison Medal should, during the centuries to come, serve as an honorable incentive to scientists, engineers, and artisans to maintain by their works the high standard of accomplishment set by the illustrious man whose name and feats shall live while human intelligence continues to inhabit the world. ”(German:“ The Edison Medal is intended to serve as an honorable incentive for scientists, engineers and craftsmen in the coming centuries to maintain the high standard set by the famous man, whose name and work will live on as long as human intelligence populated the world. ")

Four years later, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) took over the award of the medal and awarded it under the name AIEE Edison Medal . After the merger of the AIEE with the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) in 1963, the IEEE was created and the medal was given its current name.

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Individual evidence

  1. Mohamed A El-Sharkawi: Electric Energy - An Introduction. CRC Press, 2005, ISBN 0-8493-3078-5 , p. 8 (English)
  2. History of IEEE (English)
  3. 2020 IEEE MEDALS AND RECOGNITIONS RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS (PDF, 169 kB); accessed on December 4, 2019.