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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 17, April 24, 2022, Article 27

THE JOHN FRITZ MEDAL

While searching for other things I came across this medal in the collection of the American Numismatic Society. I've been aware of the John Fritz medal for a while, but still haven't seen one in person. Great medal! -Editor

  The John Fritz Medal obverse The John Fritz Medal reverse

The medal was designed by Victor David Brenner. Here is some additional information found online. -Editor

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.

The John Fritz Medal is often described as the "Nobel Prize for engineering." This 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, there were four years when it was not awarded.

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.

Among the most notable winners are Thomas Edison, Lord Kelvin, Alexander Graham Bell, George Westinghouse, Orville Wright, Charles F. "Boss" Kettering, Claude Shannon, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore.

The first five are household names today. Kettering was a prolific inventor and head of research at General Motors from 1920 to 1947. The last three may be less well known, but their work was foundational to the creation of modern computing and telecommunication. Mathematician Shannon is one of my personal favorites - a fellow University of Michigan and Bell Laboratories alumnus, his fundamental work on information theory underlies the internet, cryptography, and many machine learning algorithms. The 2021 winner? Elon Musk. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
John Fritz Medal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fritz_Medal)

To read the complete ANS object listing, see:
https://numismatics.org/hahlo-15-43-44-50/

For more information, see:
John Fritz Medal Award (https://www.smenet.org/Professional-Development/Awards-Competitions/Award-Recipients/John-Fritz-Medal-Award)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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