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. 

 
Ron Chernow, Robert J. Shiller, and Michael I Sovern

Ron Chernow, Robert J. Shiller, and Michael I Sovern

Chernow, shiller, and sovern to receive 2017 Gold HONOR medals

The National Institute of Social Sciences will honor three distinguished Americans--author and biographer Ron Chernow, Nobel laureate and economics professor Robert J. Shiller, and Columbia University president emeritus Michael I. Sovern--at the 103rd Gold Medal Dinner on Tuesday, November 14, in New York City. 

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).

Left to right: Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr., Robert D. Putnam, Richard L. Ottinger, and Pauline Newman at the 2016 Gold Medal Dinner

Left to right: Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr., Robert D. Putnam, Richard L. Ottinger, and Pauline Newman at the 2016 Gold Medal Dinner

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.