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. 

 
 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).

 Michelle Kwan and Paul Krugman at the 2015 Gold Medal Dinner.

Michelle Kwan and Paul Krugman at the 2015 Gold Medal Dinner.

gold MEDAL HONOREES, 1913-2017

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