The American Association of Immunologists

Distinguished Scientific Awards

The outstanding contributions of AAI members to immunology and science have been recognized both nationally and internationally. AAI members have been awarded several of the most distinguished scientific awards from U.S. and international organizations and foundations. Noble Laureates and Lasker Awardees are listed on separate pages. (Listed in alphabetical order)

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Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal

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The Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award has been awarded annually since 1994 and is given to a distinguished member of the public health community who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field. Each recipient is a role model for young researchers, someone whose career has saved lives through the development and use of vaccines.


2008 – Ruth S. Nussenzweig, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '71)

2007 – Hilary Koprowski, M.D. (AAI '46)

2004 – William S. Jordan, Jr., M.D. (AAI '55)

2003 – Samuel L. Katz, M.D. (AAI '64)

2001 – John B. Robbins, M.D. (AAI '65)

 
Avery-Landsteiner Prize

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The German Society for Immunology Association (DGfI) awards the Avery-Landsteiner Prize every two years. The Avery-Landsteiner Prize has been conferred since 1973 for outstanding international immunologists. The award is named in honor of Oswald Theodore Avery (1877-1955), who provided evidence for the importance of deoxyribonucleic acid, and Karl Landsteiner (1868-1943), the discoverer of the ABO system of blood groups and Nobel Laureate in Physiology


2010 – Shizuo Akira, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '01)

2008 – Max D. Cooper, M.D. (AAI '66)

2006 – Philippa Marrack, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

2004 – Klas Kärre, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '02)

2002 – Charles A. Janeway, Jr., M.D. (AAI '74)

2000 – Hidde Ploegh, Ph.D. (AAI '93)

1996 – Tadamitsu Kishimoto M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '72)

1994 – Tim Mossman, Ph.D., (AAI '81)

1990 – Harald von Boehmer, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '92)

1987 – Joost "Joe" Oppenheim, M.D. (AAI '68)

1985 – Peter Perlmann, Ph.D. (AAI '61)

1981 – Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D. (AAI '80)

1979 – César Milstein, Ph.D. (AAI '79)

1977 – Klaus Rajewsky, M.D. (AAI '83)

1975 – Henry G. Kunkel, M.D. (AAI ’62)

 
Emil von Behring Prize

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Established in 1942 in memory of Emil von Behring, the University of Marburg awards the Emil von Behring Prize. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in medical, veterinary and scientific areas, with prefence to the fields of immunobiology and disease control.


2008 – Klaus Rajewsky, M.D. (AAI '83

2002 – Fritz Melchers, Ph.D. (AAI '81)

1997 – Maurice R. Hilleman, Ph.D. (AAI '49)

1996 – Ralph M. Steinman, M.D. (AAI '75)

1995 – Robert M. Chanock, M.D. (AAI '69)

1994 – Shigekazu Nagata, Ph.D. (AAI '04)

1992 – Don C. Wiley, Ph.D. (AAI '00)

1988 – Tak W. Mak, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '88)

1980 – Tomio Tada, M.D., D.M.S. (AAI '69)

1978 – Peter Perlmann, Ph.D. (AAI '61)

1976 – Hans Müller-Eberhard, M.D. (AAI '62)

1974 – Georg Klein, M.D. (AAI '73)

1972 – Michael Sela, Ph.D. (AAI '73)

1970 – Gustav V. J. Nossal, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '75)

1968 – Milan Hasek, M.D., D.Sci. (AAI '73)

1964 – Otto Westphal, D.Sc. (AAI '73)

1958 – Pierre Grabar, Ph.D., D.Sc. (AAI '57)

1954 – Michael Heidelberger, Ph.D. (AAI '35)

1952 – F. Macfarlane Burnet, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '61)

 
FASEB Excellence in Science Award

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Established in 1989, the FASEB Excellence in Science Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by women in biological science. Recipients are women whose career achievements have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research.


2017 – Diane J. Mathis, Ph.D. (AAI '99)

2015 – Diane E. Griffin, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '75)

2001 – Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D. (AAI '83)

1996 – Zena Werb, Ph.D. (AAI '79)

1995 – Philippa Marrack, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

1991 – Ellen S. Vitetta, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

1989 – Marian E. Koshland, Ph.D. (AAI '50)

 
Gairdner Award

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Established in 1959 by the Gairdner Foundation, the Gairdner Award is given to biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine resulting in increased understanding of human biology and disease


2016 – Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. (AAI '73) Global Health Award

2014 – James P. Allison, Ph.D. (AAI '99)

2014 – Marc Feldmann, Ph.D. (AAI '75)

2014 – Harold F. Dvorak, M.D. (AAI '68)

2012 – Jeffrey V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '99)

2011 – Shizuo Akira, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '01

2003 – Ralph M. Steinman, M.D. (AAI '75)

2000 – Robert G. Roeder, Ph.D. (AAI '00)

2000 – Emil R. Unanue, M.D. (AAI '66)

1997 – Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D. (AAI '77)

1994 – Donald Metcalf, Ph.D. (AAI '78)

1994 – Pamela J. Bjorkman, Ph.D. (AAI '95)

1994 – Don C. Wiley, Ph.D. (AAI '00)

1993 – Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D. (AAI '81)

1989 – Mark M. Davis, Ph.D. (AAI '88)

1989 – Tak W. Mak M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '88)

1986 – Peter C. Doherty, Ph.D. (AAI '76)

1986 – Rolf M. Zinkernagel, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '76)

1983 – Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D. (AAI '80)

1982 – Manfred M. Mayer, Ph.D. (AAI ’46)

1981 – Georges J. F. Köhler, Ph.D. (AAI '85)

1981 – César Milstein, Ph.D. (AAI '79)

1980 – Michael Sela, Ph.D. (AAI '73)

1978 – Phil Gold, M.D., C.M., Ph.D. (AAI '70)

1978 – Samuel O. Freedman, M.D., C.M. (AAI '70)

1977 – K. Frank Austen, M.D. (AAI '62)

1977 – Jean Dausset, M.D. (AAI '74)

1976 – Georg Klein, M.D. (AAI '73)

1974 – David Baltimore, Ph.D. (AAI '84)

1974 – Han Müller-Eberhard, M.D. (AAI '62)

1973 – Teruko Ishizaka, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '65)

1973 – Kimishige Ishizaka, M.D. (AAI '58)

1970 – Niels K. Jerne, M.D. (AAI '65)

1970 – Robert A. Good, M.D, Ph.D. (AAI '57)

1969 – Frank J. Dixon, M.D. (AAI '50)

1968 – James L. Gowans, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '74)

1966 – Jan Waldenström, M.D. (AAI '73)

1966 – Rodney R. Porter, Ph.D. (AAI '73)

1966 – Jacques F. A. P. Miller, Ph.D., D.Sc. (AAI '68)

1965 – Robin R. A. Coombs, (AAI '73)

1964 – Ivan M. Roitt, Ph.D. (AAI '65)

1963 – Pierre Grabar, Ph.D., D.Sc. (AAI '57)

1962 – Albert H. Coons, M.D. (AAI '50)

1962 – Henry G. Kunkel, M.D. (AAI ’62)

1962 – Harry M. Rose, M.D. (AAI ’49)

 
Kyoto Prize

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Established in 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, the Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The Prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy.


2016 – Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '88) Basic Science

2006 – Leonard A. Herzenberg, Ph.D. (AAI '68) Biotechnology and medical technology

2002 – Leroy E. Hood, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '69) Biotechnology and medical technology

 
L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

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In 1998, the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO joined forces to create For Women in Science partnership, which supports women researchers all over the world. Each year, scientists from all over the world are invited to submit candidates for the L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science. Final selection of the Laureates is made by an international jury of eminent members of the scientific community and chaired by Nobel Prize winners.


2014 – Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D. (AAI '83)

2006 – Pamela J. Bjorkman, Ph.D. (AAI '95)

2004 – Philippa Marrack, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

2001 – Suzanne Cory, Ph.D. (AAI '97)

 
National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation (U.S.)

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The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the nation's highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States on America's leading innovators. Established by the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the medal was first awarded in 1985.


2011 – Leroy E. Hood, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '69) Science

2011 – Jan T. Vilcek, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '78) Technology and Innovation

2009 – Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D. (AAI '81) Science

2005 – Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. (AAI '73) Science

1999 – David Baltimore, Ph.D. (AAI '84) Science

1991 – Elvin A. Kabat, Ph.D. (AAI '43) Science

1991 – Salvador E. Luria, M.D. (AAI '58) Science

1990 – Baruj Benacerraf, M.D. (AAI '57) Science

1988 – Maurice R. Hilleman, Ph.D. (AAI '49) Science

1970 – Albert B. Sabin, M.D. (AAI '46) Science

1967 – Michael Heidelberger, Ph.D. (AAI '35) Science

 
Novartis Basic and Clinical Immunology Prizes

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In 1990 Sandoz established the Sandoz Prize for Immunology, which was expanded to its present format in 1992. Novartis was created in 1996 through a merger of Sandoz and Ciba. Since then the Prizes have been known as the Novartis Prizes for Immunology, one for Basic and one for Clinical Immunology. The prizes were established both to honor outstanding research in the most challenging areas of immunology-based science and to increase interactions between scientists in academia and industry.


2013 – Tim R. Mosmann, Ph.D. (AAI '81) Basic

2013 – Robert L. Coffman, Ph.D. (AAI '78) Basic

2013 – James P. Allison, Ph.D. (AAI '99) Clinical

2010 – Michael J. Bevan, Ph.D. (AAI '78) Basic

2010 – Charles A. Dinarello, M.D. (AAI '82) Clinical

2010 – Juerg F. Tschopp, Ph.D. (AAI '82) Clinical

2007 – Frederick W. Alt, Ph.D. (AAI '92) Basic

2007 – Fritz Melchers, Ph.D. (AAI '81) Basic

2007 – Klaus Rajewsky, M.D. (AAI '83) Basic

2007 – Ian H. Frazer, M.D. (AAI '02) Clinical

2004 – Leonard Herzenberg , Ph.D. (AAI '68) Special

2004 – Hugh McDevitt, M.D. (AAI '69) Clinical

2004 – Ralph M. Steinman, M.D. (AAI '75) Basic

2001 – Wayne Yokoyama, M.D. (AAI '84) Basic

2001 – Klas Kärre M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '02) Basic

1998 – Andrew McMichael, Ph.D. (AAI '95) Basic

1998 – Tak W. Mak, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '88) Basic

1998 – Mark M. Davis, Ph.D. (AAI '88) Basic

1998 – Barry Bloom, Ph.D. (AAI '48) Basic

1995 – Robert S. Schwartz, M.D. (AAI '62) Clinical

1995 – Thierry Boon, M.D. (AAI '62) Clinical

1995 – David Talmage, M.D. (AAI'54) Basic

1995 – Kevin J. Lafferty, Ph.D. (AAI '96) Basic

1995 – Melvin Cohn, Ph.D. (AAI '51) Basic

1995 – Nicholas Avrion Mitchison, Ph.D. (AAI '76) Basic

1992 – Toshio Hirano, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '80) Clinical

1992 – Tadamitsu Kishimoto, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '72) Clinical

1992 – Jack L. Strominger, M.D. (AAI '75) Basic

1990 – Jacques F. A. P. Miller, Ph.D., D.Sc. (AAI '68)

1990 – Max D. Cooper, M.D. (AAI '66)

 
Robert Koch Prize

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Established in 1960 by the Robert Koch Foundation, the Robert Koch Prize is one of the most prestigious scientific commendations in Germany. It is awarded annually, under the patronage of the German Minister of Health, for outstanding and internationally recognised scientific achievements.


2016 – Michel C. Nussenzweig, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '91)

2014 – Jean-Laurent Casanova, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '12)

2012 – Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '88)

2010 – Max D. Cooper, M.D. (AAI '66)

2009 – Carl F. Nathan, M.D. (AAI '76)

2008 – Irving Weissman, M.D. (AAI '71)

2004 – Shizuo Akira, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '01)

2004 – Bruce A. Beutler, M.D. (AAI '06)

1999 – Ralph M. Steinman, M.D. (AAI '75)

1997 – Philippe Sansonetti, M.D. (AAI '00)

1996 – Fritz Melchers, Ph.D. (AAI '81)

1996 – Klaus Rajewsky, M.D. (AAI '83)

1995 – Shigekazu Nagata, Ph.D. (AAI '04)

1991 – Tadatsugu Taniguchi, Ph.D. (AAI '98)

1990 – Lloyd J. Old, M.D. (AAI '71)

1989 – Irun R. Cohen, M.D. (AAI '77)

1988 – Donald Metcalf, Ph.D. (AAI '78)

1986 – Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D. (AAI '80)

1984 – Stuart F. Schlossman, M.D. (AAI '66)

1981 – Robert M. Chanock, M.D. (AAI '69)

1980 – César Milstein, Ph.D. (AAI '79)

1977 – Jon J. van Rood, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '65)

1977 – Jean Dausset, M.D. (AAI '74)

1976 – Richard A. Finkelstein, Ph.D. (AAI '63)

1971 – Werner Henle, M.D. (AAI ’38)

1963 – Jonas E. Salk, M.D. (AAI '47)

1963 – John Franklin Enders, Ph.D. (AAI '36)

1963 – Albert B. Sabin, M.D. (AAI '46)

1960 – René J. Dubos, Ph.D. (AAI '38)

 
Robert Koch Gold Medal

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Established in 1974 by the Robert Koch Foundation, the Robert Koch Gold Medal is awarded in recognition to the outstanding life's work of scientists.


2013 – Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. (AAI '73)

2007 – Brigitte A. Askonas, Ph.D., D.Sc. (AAI '77)

2006 – Hans-Dieter Klenk, M.D. (AAI '71)

2005 – Emil R. Unanue, M.D. (AAI '66)

2003 – Tadamitsu Kishimoto, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '72)

2001 – N. Avrion Mitchison, Ph.D. (AAI '76

1999 – Barry Bloom, Ph.D. (AAI '48)

1998 – Georg Klein, M.D. (AAI '73)

1996 – Gustav V. J. Nossal, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '75)

1993 – Otto Westphal, D.Sc. (AAI '73)

1987 – Hans Müller-Eberhard, M.D. (AAI '62)

1987 – Maurice R. Hilleman, Ph.D. (AAI '49)

1981 – Maclyn McCarty, M.D. (AAI '47)

1977 – Pierre Grabar, Ph.D., D.Sc. (AAI '57)

 
William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology

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William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology Award is given to one or more scientists for outstanding achievements in the field of basic immunology and cancer immunology. The award was established in 1975 in honor of Dr. William B. Coley, a pioneer of cancer immunotherapy, whose daughter, Helen Coley Nauts, founded the Cancer Research Institute.


2016 – E. John Wherry, Ph.D. (AAI '05) Frederick W. Alt Award for New Discoveries in Immunology

2016 – Dan R. Littman, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '87) Basic

2016 – Ton N. Schumacher, Ph.D. (AAI '15) Tumor

2015 – Alexander Y. Rudensky, Ph.D. (AAI '94) Basic

2014 – Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '88) Tumor

2014 – Lieping Chen, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '92) Tumor

2014 – Arlene Sharpe, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '96) Tumor

2014 – Gordon Freeman, Ph.D. (AAI '01) Tumor

2012 – Richard A. Flavell, Ph.D. (AAI '90) Basic

2012 – Kenneth M. Murphy, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '95) Basic

2012 – Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D. (AAI '83) Basic

2012 – Carl H. June, M.D. (AAI '87) Tumor

2012 – Michael Sadelain, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '07) Tumor

2011 – Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '71)

2011 – Philip D. Greenberg, M.D. (AAI '82)

2010 – Jérôme Galon, Ph.D. (AAI '11)

2009 – Frederick W. Alt, Ph.D. (AAI '92) Basic

2009 – Klaus Rajewsky, M.D. (AAI '83) Basic

2008 – Michael J. Bevan, Ph.D. (AAI '78)

2007 – Jeffrey V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '99)

2006 – Bruce A. Beutler, M.D. (AAI '06)

2006 – Shizuo Akira, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '01)

2006 – Ian Frazer, M.D. (AAI '02)

2005 – James P. Allison, Ph.D. (AAI '78)

2004 – Ethan M. Shevach, M.D. (AAI '73)

2004 – Shimon Sakaguchi, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '90)

2003 – Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D. (AAI '00)

2003 – Charles A. Janeway Jr., M.D. (AAI '74)

2002 – Mark J. Smyth, Ph.D. (AAI '93)

2002 – David H. Raulet, Ph.D. (AAI '84)

2002 – Lewis L. Lanier, Ph.D. (AAI '80)

2001 – Robert D. Schreiber, Ph.D. (AAI '76)

2000 – Mark M. Davis, Ph.D. (AAI '88)

1998 – Ralph M. Steinman, M.D. (AAI '75)

1998 – Klas Kärre, M.D. (AAI '02)

1997 – Robert L. Coffman, Ph.D. (AAI '85)

1997 – Tim Mosmann, Ph.D. (AAI '81)

1997 – Stuart F. Schlossman, M.D. (AAI '66)

1996 – Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D. (AAI '76)

1995 – Timothy Springer, Ph.D. (AAI '79)

1995 – Malcolm A. S. Moore, D. Phil. (AAI '75)

1993 – John Kappler, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

1993 – Don C. Wiley, Ph.D. (AAI '00)

1993 – Pamela J. Bjorkman, Ph.D. (AAI '95)

1993 – Philippa Marrack, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

1993 – Jack L. Strominger, M.D. (AAI '75)

1989 – Howard Grey, M.D. (AAI '65)

1989 – Emil R. Unanue, M.D. (AAI '66)

1987 – Rolf M. Zinkernagel, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '76)

1987 – Thierry Boon, M.D. (AAI '62)

1975 – Garry I. Abelev, D.Sc. (AAI '73)

1975 – Robert A. Good, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '57)

1975 – Lloyd J. Old, M.D. (AAI '71)

1975 – Georg Klein, M.D. (AAI '73)

 
Wolf Prize in Medicine

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Established 1978 by the Wolf Foundation, five or six prizes have been awarded annually in the Sciences and Arts. Science prize fields comprise: Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, and Physics.


2015 – Jeffrey V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '99)

2015 – Philippa Marrack, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

2015 – John Kappler, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

2015 – Linda J. Saif, Ph.D. (AAI '13)

1995 – Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D. (AAI '81)

1990 – Maclyn McCarty, M.D. (AAI '47)

1980 – James L. Gowans, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '74)

1980 – César Milstein, Ph.D. (AAI '79)

1978 – Jean Dausset, M.D. (AAI '74)

1978 – Jon J. van Rood, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '65)

 


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