Each year since 1913 the National Institute has presented its Gold Honor Medals for Distinguished Service to Humanity to a small group of Americans—and occasionally others—who have made the highest contribution to the improvement of society. Our honorees represent outstanding achievement in the social sciences, law, government, education, philanthropy, the arts, medicine, science, and industry. 

 
Chauncey Olinger, Robert D. Putnam, Richard L. Ottinger, and Pauline Newman at the 2016 Gold Medal Dinner

Chauncey Olinger, Robert D. Putnam, Richard L. Ottinger, and Pauline Newman at the 2016 Gold Medal Dinner

Newman, ottinger, and putnam AWARDED 2016 Gold HONOR medals

Three distinguished Americans—Pauline Newman, Richard L. Ottinger, and Robert D. Putnam—received the National Institute’s Gold Honor Medal at a private ceremony in New York City on November 15, 2016.

The Gold Meal designed by Laura Gardin Fraser

The Gold Meal designed by Laura Gardin Fraser

the gold medal

The Gold Meal of the National Institute of Social Sciences was designed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser (1889-1966).

Dr. James D. Watson (center) with (left to right) President Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr., and 2015 Gold Honor Medal recipients: Mr. John Bogle, Ms. Michelle Kwan, and Dr. Paul Krugman

Dr. James D. Watson (center) with (left to right) President Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr., and 2015 Gold Honor Medal recipients: Mr. John Bogle, Ms. Michelle Kwan, and Dr. Paul Krugman

gold honor medalists, 1913-2016

Gold Medal honorees represent outstanding achievement in the social sciences, law, government, education, philanthropy, the arts, medicine, science, and industry.