national humanities medal
nobel prize
national medal of science
american academy of arts and sciences
presidential medal of freedom

Awards and Honors

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been honoring men and women from all corners of the globe for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics, literature, and for work in peace.
nobel prize
  • Thomas J. Sargent (Economic Sciences, 2011)
  • A. Michael Spence (Economic Sciences, 2001)
  • Douglass North (Economic Sciences, 1993)
  • Gary Becker (Economic Sciences, 1992)
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by an act of US Congress—the highest civilian award in the US.
presidential medal of freedom
  • Gary Becker (2007)
  • Robert Conquest (2005)
  • William Perry (1997)
  • George Shultz (1989)
The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a presidential award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.
national medal of science
  • Gary Becker (2000)
  • Sidney Drell (2011)
The National Humanities Medal, inaugurated in 1997, honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities.
national humanities medal
  • Victor Davis Hanson (2007)
  • The Hoover Institution (2006)
  • Fouad Ajami (2006)
  • Harvey Mansfield (2004)
  • Shelby Steele (2004)
  • Thomas Sowell (2002)
The Secretary's Distinguished Service Award is presented at the discretion of the secretary of state in recognition of exceptionally outstanding leadership, professional competence, and significant accomplishment over a sustained period of time in the field of foreign affairs. Such achievements must be of notable national or international significance and have made an important contribution to the advancement of U.S. national interests.
  • Charles Hill (1989)
  • Abraham Sofaer (1988)
The Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM) is a United States military award which is presented for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to national security or defense of the United States. The medal was created on July 9, 1970 by President Richard Nixon in Executive Order 11545.
u.s. department of defense distinguished service medal
  • Sidney Drell (2001)
  • Henry Rowen (1991)
  • William Perry (1980 and 1981)
u.s. treasury department’s exceptional service medal
  • Charles McLure Jr. (1985)
The National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal is the highest decoration awarded for service to the United States Intelligence Community. The decoration is awarded to any member or contributor to the national intelligence community, either civilian or military, who distinguishes themselves by meritorious actions to the betterment of national security in the United States of America.
national intelligence distinguished service medal
  • Sidney Drell (2001)
The Dan David Prize is a joint international enterprise, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University. The prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world.
  • Robert Conquest (2012)
Since 2007 the American Academy in Berlin has bestowed the annual Henry A. Kissinger Prize upon a renowned American or European figure of international diplomacy in recognition of his or her outstanding services to the transatlantic relationship.
  • George Shultz (2012)
The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul of the First Republic, on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five various degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).
knight’s cross of the legion of honor, republic of france
  • Dennis Bark (2001)
The Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is bestowed on foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad, who by their activities have made outstanding contributions to international cooperation and to bonds between the Republic of Poland and other nations and countries.
Poland's Cross of the Order of Merit
  • Robert Conquest (2009)
  • John Raisian (2009)
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.
  • Kevin Murphy (2005)
  • Sidney Drell (1984)
  • Fouad Ajami (1982)
The Heinz Awards, administered by the Heinz Family Philanthropies, recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.
heinz award
  • Sidney Drell (2005)
The John Bates Clark medal was awarded biennially from 1947-2009 to that American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. From 2010 forward, the Clark Medal will be awarded annually. The Medal winner is announced in April.
bradley prize
  • Kevin Murphy (1997)
  • A. Michael Spence (1981)
  • Gary Becker (1967)
The Bradley Prizes formally recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence in areas consistent with The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s mission. Up to four Prizes of $250,000 each are awarded annually to innovative thinkers and practitioners whose achievements strengthen the legacy of the Bradley brothers and the ideas to which they were committed.
bradley prize
  • Edwin Meese (2012)
  • Richard Epstein (2011)
  • Harvey Mansfield (2011)
  • Allan Meltzer (2011)
  • John Taylor (2010)
  • Gary Becker (2008)
  • Victor Davis Hanson (2008)
  • Fouad Ajami (2006)
  • Clint Bolick (2006)
  • Shelby Steele (2006)
  • Robert George (2005)
  • Thomas Sowell (2003)
Founded in 1955, FPRI seeks to bring the best of scholarship to bear on foreign policy problems, with a crucial part of the institute's program stressing the importance of public service to the nation. These two elements are symbolized by the career of Benjamin Franklin, who devoted himself from an early age to public service and resolving problems using objective analyses that draw on the best knowledge available. (FPRI).
  • Fouad Ajami (2011)
  • Niall Ferguson (2010)
Established by the Eisenhower Fellowships’ board of trustees in 1988, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service is awarded annually to a business leader, statespersons, or other public figure who has achieved, through direct personal contacts across boundaries, widely-recognized advances toward President Eisenhower’s vision of peace and productivity through person-to-person international dialogue.
eisenhower medal
  • George P. Shultz (2001)
Each year, Freedoms Foundation and its volunteer chapters seek to recognize exemplary civic achievements of citizens from all walks of life.
george washington medal
  • Annelise Anderson (1989)
  • Dennis Bark (1989)
  • George Shultz (1986)
The Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, established by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1972, is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. The lectureship recognizes an individual who has made significant scholarly contributions in the humanities and who has the ability to communicate the knowledge and wisdom of the humanities in a broadly appealing way.
  • Robert Conquest (1993), “History, Humanity and Truth”
We award the Koret Prize periodically to individuals who make extraordinary contributions in areas of interest to the Foundation. Past winners have included philanthropists, community activists, humanitarians, educators, religious leaders, musicians, and a U.S. Secretary of State.
  • Koret Task Force (2002)
  • George Shultz (1996)
The Hayek prize honors the book published within the past two years that best reflects Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty.
  • John Taylor (2012)
The Duff Cooper Prize celebrates the best in non-fiction writing.The first award was made in 1956, and it has been given annually ever since.
duff cooper prize
  • Robert Service (2009), “the best in nonfiction writing
The Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education honors individuals who advance liberal arts education, core curricula, and the teaching of Western civilization and American history.
  • Harvey Mansfield (2006)
  • Robert George (2005)
The W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award honors scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline. The body of lifetime work may include theoretical and/or methodological contributions. The award selection committee is particularly interested in work that substantially reorients the field in general or in a particular sub field.
  • Joseph Berger (2007)
The Claremont Institute's Statesmanship Award, which is not necessarily conferred each year, is reserved for those worthy of its name and excellence, according to the Institute.
  • Victor Davis Hanson (2006)
The Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, also known as the Eric Breindel Journalism Award, is an annual award commemorating Eric Breindel, a former editorial page editor of the New York Post. It is given to “the columnist, editorialist or reporter who best reflects the spirit of Mr. Breindel's writings: Love of Country and its democratic institutions as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism.”
  • Fouad Ajami (2011)
  • Victor Davis Hanson (2002)
The Enrico Fermi Award is given to encourage excellence in energy science and technology; to show appreciation to scientists, engineers, and science policymakers who have given unstintingly over their lifetimes to benefit mankind through energy science and technology; and to inspire people of all ages through the example of Enrico Fermi, whose achievements opened new scientific and technological realms, and the Fermi Award laureates, who continued in his tradition. The Fermi Award is administered by Department of Energy’s Office of Science. A Fermi Award winner receives a citation signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Energy, a gold medal bearing the likeness of Enrico Fermi, and a $375,000 honorarium. In the event the Award is given to more than one individual in the same year, the recipients share the honorarium.
enrico fermi award
  • Sidney Drell (2000)
jacob mincer prize
Every other year, SOLE presents the Jacob Mincer Career Achievement Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Economics.
  • Edward Paul Lazear (2006)
  • Gary Becker (2004)
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation awards prizes for excellence in education. These prizes (each of which bears a cash award of $25,000) recognize and reward distinguished scholars, practitioners, and policymakers who succeed in advancing the cause of education reform in ways that accord with the Foundation's core principles.
  • Paul Hill (2007)
  • Caroline Hoxby (2006)
  • Terry M. Moe (2005)
  • Eric Hanushek (2004)
  • E.D. Hirsch (2003)
  • Paul Peterson (2003)
institute for the study of labor (iza) prize in labor economics
This annual prize is awarded for outstanding academic achievement in the field of labor economics. It is meant to stimulate research that tries to find answers to the important labor market policy questions of our time.
  • Edward Paul Lazear (2004)
The National Tax Association presents the Daniel M. Holland Medal for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of public finance. The award was begun in 1993. The recipient is chosen by a committee of NTA members selected by the Board of Directors, and the medal is awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Members, held in conjunction with the Annual Conference on Taxation.
  • Charles McLure Jr. (2004)
The NABE President selects the Adam Smith Award recipient based upon leadership in the profession and the use of ideas and knowledge in the workplace and policy arena. The recipient delivers a lecture at NABE’s annual meeting. The lecture is printed in a subsequent issue of Business Economics.
  • John B. Taylor (2007)
  • Michael J. Boskin (1998)
  • Douglass C. North (1994)
  • Gary S. Becker (1991)
Each year since 1986, The Editorial Board of Business Economics reviews the feature articles published in Business Economics in the four issues ending in July of that year and votes to select those considered exceptional. Upon their recommendation, the Board of Directors of NABE presents to the authors the Abramson Award for the best article and Abramson scrolls for outstanding articles. These awards commemorate Adolph Abramson, the founder and first President of NABE. Back to the Hall of Fame.
  • John B. Taylor (2013)
The Truman Medal for Economic Policy has been established to provide a forum to recognize exceptional economic policy contributions. The award's name reflects on the creation of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Harry S. Truman. The CEA was formed under the Employment Act of 1946 to provide analysis and advice related to national and international economic policy issues.
truman medal for economic policy
  • Allan H. Meltzer (2011)
  • George P. Shultz (2007)
The award was funded in 2000 by Jan Karski himself. It is awarded to people who “are duly saddened by the fate of Poland (…) and to those who, not being Poles, are not indifferent to our country.”
  • Hoover Institution (2009)
The annual Jonathan Hughes Prize is awarded to recognize excellence in teaching economic history. Jonathan Hughes was an outstanding scholar and a committed and influential teacher of economic history. The winner is selected by the EHA Committee on Education and Teaching.
  • Stephen Haber (2013)
  • Douglass North (1994)

Stanford Teaching Awards

The Cox Medal was established in memory of Allan Cox, former dean of the School of Earth Sciences. As dean from 1979 until his death in 1987, Cox encouraged Stanford to provide the research opportunities that MIT and other universities made available to their undergraduates at the time. Cox’s efforts led to increased funding and support for faculty-student collaboration in research. The Allan Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research, which is presented annually, is awarded to faculty who have established a record of excellence in directing undergraduate research.
  • Stephan Haber (2009)
  • Michael Tomz (2005)
Established in 2001, the Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education Program recognizes faculty for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education, including faculty from the graduate and professional schools. Each of the University Fellow appointments is named in honor of donors who made significant gifts to the Stanford Endowment for Undergraduate Education during The Campaign for Undergraduate Education, which ended in 2005. The program was named in honor of Anne T., MLA '07, and Robert M. Bass, MBA '74, who provided matching funds to launch it.
  • Russell A. Berman (2010)
  • John B. Shoven (2004)
Established in 1975, the Dean’s Award recognizes the efforts of exceptional teachers in the School of Humanities and Sciences. The award is given for excellence in graduate education, achievements in teaching, and first years of teaching at Stanford.
  • Michael McFaul (2004)
  • Norman Naimark (2003)
  • John Shoven (2003)
  • Michael Tomz (2003)
  • Stephen Haber (1991, 2002)
  • Condoleezza Rice (1993)
  • Stephen Krasner (1991)
  • Russell A. Berman (1988)
  • Michael Boskin (1988)
george p. shultz distinguished public service award
  • John B. Taylor (2005)
Established in 2007 by Laurance, ’58, and Gay, ’59, Hoagland, the Hoagland Award Fund for Innovations in Undergraduate Teaching supports faculty who work individually or as a team to create or redesign courses, or rethink part of a curriculum. The fund succeeds the Laurance and Naomi Carpenter Hoagland Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which the couple established in 1986 to honor outstanding faculty teachers.
  • Jonathan Rodden (2010)
  • John B. Taylor (1992)
The Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Awards recognize distinctive and exceptional contributions to undergraduate education or the quality of student life at Stanford. The contribution may be made for such activities as curriculum design, program development, advising excellence, residential education, committee leadership, or extracurricular education.
  • Russell A. Berman (2013)
  • Larry Diamond (2007)
  • David Brady (1992)
mba distinguished teaching award
Each year, GSB students participate in a long-standing and highly-regarded tradition of recognizing excellence in teaching by selecting a faculty member to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. The award gives students the opportunity to formally honor and celebrate achievement in this critical area. Nominations are solicited from the entire GSB student body for professors and lecturers to receive the award. A selection committee of 5 students carefully weighs the number and quality of all the nominations received and represents the MBA student body in selecting the winner. The winner is announced at an official ceremony in May.
  • Edward Paul Lazear (1994)
This annual honor is awarded by the GSB PhD Association to recognize the faculty member who, through teaching and advising, has distinguished him/herself and made exceptional contributions to the intellectual development of the PhD community.
  • Edward Paul Lazear (2000)
The Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize recognizes not only excellence in teaching but also the ability to inspire personal and intellectual development beyond the classroom. This may include, but is not limited to, encouraging critical and analytical thinking, taking an active interest in students as individuals, and influencing the way students think about the world.
  • Stephen Haber (2012)
  • David Brady (1991)
rhodes prize
The Rhodes Prizes were awarded this year to recognize excellence in the delivery of the “service” curriculum, that is, courses and programs that serve primarily as the foundation for advanced study as part of university requirements. The prizes allow Stanford to reward the efforts required to translate the general will of the faculty ­ as expressed in the language of senate legislation ­ into vibrant and valuable teaching and learning programs.
  • John B. Taylor (1997)
The Richard W. Lyman Award was established in 1983 in President Emeritus Richard Lyman's honor. The Award recognizes one outstanding faculty member whose involvement in Stanford Alumni Association programming and University stewardship over time are truly "above and beyond." Faculty members considered for the award generously donate time to alumni, go beyond the expectations of University appointments and embody the mission of Stanford Alumni Association.
  • Larry Diamond (2013)
  • David Brady (2004)
The Gores Award is the University's highest award for excellence in teaching. The Walter J. Gores Awards recognize undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence. As the University's highest award for teaching, the Gores Award celebrates achievement in educational activities that include lecturing, tutoring, advising, and discussion leading.
  • Stephen Haber (2012)
  • Condoleezza Rice (1984)

Elected membership in honorific societies

The American Academy currently awards eight prizes. Nominations are accepted from Academy Fellows only.
  • Robert Barro
  • Gary Becker
  • David Brady
  • Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
  • Robert Conquest
  • Sidney Drell
  • Peter Duus
  • Richard Epstein
  • Morris Fiorina
  • Robert Hall
  • Kenneth L. Judd
  • Stephen Krasner
  • Edward P. Lazear
  • Terry Moe
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Douglass North
  • William Perry
  • Paul Peterson
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • John Shoven
  • Thomas Sargent
  • George Shultz
  • A. Michael Spence
  • John Taylor
  • Barry Weingast
Today, through conferences and symposia, podcast interviews with leading social scientists, and the annual induction of Academy Fellows and presentation of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize, the Academy is dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and the formation of public policy.
american academy of political and social science
  • Morris Fiorina
The American Philosophical Society began awarding medals in 1790. Since then, it has continued by awarding medals and prizes for outstanding achievement in the sciences, humanities, arts, professions, and public service. Currently the Society makes ten annual or semiannual awards.
american philosophical society
  • Gary Becker
  • Sidney Drell
  • George Shultz
  • Thomas Sowell
The Academy presents awards annually to recognize outstanding achievements in science. NAS awards span a wide range of scientific disciplines. Academy membership is not required to nominate or be considered for an award.
national academy of sciences
  • Gary Becker
  • Sidney Drell
  • Morris Fiorina
  • Robert Hall
  • Thomas Sargent
  • Barry Weingast
The National Academy of Education represents only the most distinguished researchers for outstanding scholarship and contributions to education. The honorary society includes U.S. members and associates across the world that work to advance the highest quality research and its use in policy formation and practice.
  • Gary Becker
  • William Damon
  • Eric Hanushek
  • Paul Peterson
  • Thomas Sowell
The National Academy of Engineering salutes leaders in engineering for their lifetime dedication to their field and their commitment to advancing the human condition through great engineering achievement and/or through innovation in engineering and technology education.
national academy of engineering
  • William Perry
econometric society (elected fellows)
The Econometric Society is an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics.
econometric society
  • Robert Barro
  • Gary Becker
  • Robert Hall
  • Kenneth Judd
  • Edward Lazear
  • Thomas MaCurdy
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Thomas Sargent
  • John Shoven
  • A. Michael Spence
  • John Taylor
  • David Wise