The John Fritz Medal has been awarded annually since 1902 by the American Association of Engineering Societies for "outstanding scientific or industrial achievements". The medal was created for the 80th birthday of John Fritz, who lived between 1822 and 1913.[1][2][3]


The John Fritz Medal is described by some as the Nobel Prize for engineering."Lynn Beedle, `a world engineer, dies at 85.," News Article at lehigh.edu, October 30, 2003. Accessed 2017-09-13.[4] These prestigious award is given annually for notable scientific or industrial achievements. It is granted to living people, but also posthumous. Since its initiation in 1902 it has been not awarded four years.

The John Fritz Medal board once consisted of sixteen representatives is four national societies in the fields of civil engineering, mining, metallurgical engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.[5]

Among the most notorious winners are Alexander Graham Bell, George Westinghouse, Orville Wright, and Charles F. “Boss” Kettering.[6]


See also


  1. ^ "Awards". American Association of Engineering Societies. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fritz Medal". Time Magazine. Time Inc. April 6, 1925. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Trainer, M. (2008). "In Memoriam: Lord Kelvin, Recipient of The John Fritz Medal in 1905". Physics in Perspective. 10 (2): 212–223. doi:10.1007/s00016-007-0344-4. 
  4. ^ American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chemical Engineering Progress, Vol. 104, Nr. 7-12, 2008. p. 97.
  5. ^ "Award of the John Fritz Gold Medal." Science, 1939. Accessed 2017-09-13.
  6. ^ Revisiting the engineering elite, Kettering News, 2004. Accessed 2017-09-13.
  7. ^ AAES John Fritz Medal recipiens
  8. ^ "Elmer Sperry Dies. Famous Inventor". New York Times. June 17, 1930. Retrieved 2012-12-21.