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).

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, 1913-2017

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