The Lemelson-MIT Program awards several prizes yearly to inventors in the United States. The largest is the Lemelson–MIT Prize which was endowed in 1994 by Jerome H. Lemelson, funded by the Lemelson Foundation, and is administered through the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The winner receives $500,000, making it the largest cash prize for invention in the U.S.

The $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation (previously named the Award for Sustainability) was last awarded in 2013. The Award for Global Innovation replaced the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded from 1995-2006. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognized outstanding individuals whose pioneering spirit and inventiveness throughout their careers improved society and inspired others.

The Lemelson-MIT Program also awards invention prizes for college students, called the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

List of winners

Source: Lemelson-MIT

Stephen Quake

(Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Professor of Biophysics and Genomics at Stanford University)

John A. Rogers

(Professor, Physical Chemist, and Materials Scientist at Northwestern University)

Carolyn Bertozzi, receiving the Emanuel Merck Lectureship in 2011
  • Carolyn Bertozzi (Lemelson–MIT Prize)
  • BP Agrawal (Lemelson–MIT Award for Sustainability)
Chad Mirkin

George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly at Northwestern University

CEO and co-Founder, Magpi, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Hospital

Joel Selanikio
  • James Fergason (Lemelson–MIT Prize) for his liquid crystal display innovations.
  • Sidney Pestka (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award)
Sidney Pestka (middle) receives the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush (right)

(John Bardeen Endowed Chair Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Nick Holonyak Jr.,
  • Leroy Hood (Lemelson–MIT Prize) for his invention of four devices that have helped unlock the human genome, including the automated DNA sequencer.
  • William P. Murphy Jr. (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award)
President Clinton and Dean Kamen in the White House, Kamen riding the iBOT Mobility System
  • Dean Kamen (Lemelson–MIT Prize) for his invention of the Segway and of an infusion pump for diabetics.
  • Ruth R. Benerito (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award)
Ray Kurzweil

(Author, Computer scientist, Inventor and Futurist at Google)

  • Raymond Damadian (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award) for his work in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Thomas Fogarty (Lemelson–MIT Prize)
  • Al Gross (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award) for his invention of the first walkie-talkie, CB radio, the telephone pager, and the cordless telephone.
  • Carver Mead (Lemelson–MIT Prize)
  • Stephanie Kwolek (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award) for her work on liquid-crystalline polymers and the development of the armored fabric Kevlar.
Bob Langer

(David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • Jacob Rabinow (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award) for the first disc-shaped magnetic storage media for computers, the magnetic particle clutch, the first straight-line phonograph, the first self-regulating clock, and a "reading machine" which was the first to use the "best match" principle.
Douglas Engelbart
  • Stanley Norman Cohen (Co-recipient, Lemelson–MIT Prize) for the development of methods to combine and transplant genes.
  • Herbert Boyer (Co-recipient, Lemelson–MIT Prize) for the development of methods to combine and transplant genes.
  • Wilson Greatbatch (Lemelson–MIT Lifetime Achievement Award) for the development of batteries for the early implantable cardiac pacemakers.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Award Winners". Lemelson-MIT. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Von Ahn Wins 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  3. ^ Pokharel, Krishna. "India-Born MIT Scientist Wins a $500,000 Prize for Invention". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  4. ^ "Inventor Creates First Mass-Produced Low-Cost, Eco-Friendly Battery; Awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize". Lemelson-MIT Program. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  5. ^ Rob Matheson, Angela Belcher wins $500,000 Lemelson–MIT Prize, MIT News, June 4th, 2013.
  6. ^ "Stanford professor wins $500G MIT invention prize". Fox News. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  7. ^ Joel Selanikio LinkedIn profile :

External links

  • Lemelson–MIT Program Official Website
  • Lemelson–MIT Program: Winner's Circle
  • Lemelson–MIT Program: Lemelson–MIT Prize