Each year since 1913, the National Institute has presented Gold Honor Medals for Distinguished Service to Humanity to a select group of individuals who have made the highest contribution to the improvement of society.

The National Institute is pleased to announce that medical anthropologist and physician Paul Edward Farmer, the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health, and celebrated arts administrator and leader Peter Gelb, who has been general manager of the Metropolitan Opera since 2006, will receive the 2019 Gold Medals for Distinguished Service to Humanity on Thursday, December 5. [more]

 
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).

Fred Larsen, Ron Chernow, Robert Shiller, and Michael Sovern at the 2017 Gold Medal Dinner.

Fred Larsen, Ron Chernow, Robert Shiller, and Michael Sovern at the 2017 Gold Medal Dinner.

gold MEDAL HONOREES, 1913-2018

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