Honours, Medals & Awards

"The most prestigious and long-standing awards in global aerospace honouring achievement, innovation and excellence”.

The Society awards Honours, Medals and Specialist Awards to both individuals and teams. The Specialist Awards are intended to cover the full range of aerospace disciplines.

The Society’s Honours, Medals and Awards Committee assesses and endorses applications from all around the world with the help of leading figures from the international aerospace industry including individuals involved in research, education, government and the armed forces. Any individual or team who has made an exceptional contribution to aerospace, anywhere in the world is eligible.

Founded in 1866, the Royal Aeronautical Society has played a pivotal role in the evolution of aerospace technology, and harnessing technology to realise military and commercial aircraft. The Society has always been associated with the key personalities of today, while helping the development of those of tomorrow. Although the Royal Aeronautical Society remains rich in tradition it is, and always has been, at the forefront of new technologies, new people and new ideas.

The Royal Aeronautical Society has been honouring outstanding achievers in the global aerospace industry since 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright came to London to receive the Society’s first Gold Medal. In the years that have followed, honouring world aerospace achievers has become a permanent tradition of the Society. As “the world’s most prestigious and long-standing aerospace awards honouring achievement, innovation and excellence”, the awards continue to be ground-breaking in recognising outstanding achievement in a fast changing industry.

The Honours, Medals and Awards Committee


Members of the Royal Aeronautical Society's Medals and Awards are leading national figures in aeronautics and aerospace. They are supported by an International Adjudication Panel (IAP), in arriving at recommendations for decision by the Council of the Society. The expertise of both the Committee and the IAP encompasses:

  • The international aerospace industry.

  • Aerospace research or education.

  • Government or the armed forces.

Who qualifies for an Honour, Medal or Award?

The Society's Honours, Medals and Awards recognise the innovation and excellence of both individuals and teams. They are conferred for achievements and contributions in all disciplines of the global aerospace industry. Anyone and any team that has made an exceptional contribution to aerospace anywhere in the world whether for example, in academia, aerospace, manufacturing, air transport, air traffic control, defence, government or research is eligible. Nominations are encouraged from both members and non-members of the Society.


Who can nominate for an Honour, Medal or Award?


Any individual, working in any area of aerospace, anywhere in the world, can nominate another individual or team they know by taking a few minutes to complete the simple nomination form.


How do I nominate?


To nominate simply complete the form below and return it to the Society.

2015 Nomination Form

Nominations must be received by 31st March 2015 to be included in the 2015 round of Royal Aeronautical Society Honours, Medals and Awards nominations.  Those received after this date will be carried forwards for inclusion in the 2016 round.

Specialist Groups Recommendations?

Recommendations from the Society’s Specialist Groups are particularly welcome for the Specialist Awards.

Who selects the winners?


The Honours, Medals and Awards Committee makes recommendations, in consultation with an International Panel, to the Council of the Society.  The final decision rests with the Council. The Committee is chaired by Dr Mike Steeden PhD BSc CEng FRAeS with Prof Jeff Jupp FEng FRAeS acting as Vice Chairman.

What is the procedure for nominations?

Using the nomination form you can select the appropriate Honour, Medal or Award for your nominee from the details provided. Please note your chosen award may be subject to change as per review by the Honours, Medals and Awards Committee.

1) All sections of the nomination form must be completed.

2) All completed nomination forms are acknowledged.

3) The Committee will consider all nominations.

4) The Committee will then put forward a list of recommended nominations to the Council of the Society, for consideration and approval.

5) The successful nominee will be informed of their award.

6) All proposers of nominations sent to the secretary of the Medals & Awards Committee will be advised should their candidate be successful or unsuccessful.


When are the Honours, Medals & Awards presented?


The Medals and Awards are presented four times a year in conjunction with the Society’s Lectures. Presentations are held at the following lectures:

Written Paper Prizes – Sopwith Lecture held in July.

Specialist Awards – Brabazon Lecture held in November.

Young Persons' Awards – Young Members Conference held in November.

RAeS Medals & Awards – Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture held in December.

Terms of Reference

Medals and Awards Terms of Reference

Annex A

Annex B

 

Who are the recent winners?


The most recent winners can be seen here.


Who can I contact?


The Secretary for the Medals and Awards Committee is Ms Anna Banton.  She can be contacted either by email: anna.banton@aerosociety.com or by telephone: +44 (0) 20 7670 4312.