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Sperry Award Recipients

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1955 - To William Francis Gibbs and his Associates for development of the S.S. United States.

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1956 - To Donald W. Douglas and his Associates for the DC series of air transport planes.

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1957 - to Harold L. Hamilton, Richard M. Dilworth and Eugene W. Kettering and Citation to their Associates for developing the diesel-electric locomotive.

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1958 - to Ferdinand Porsche (in memoriam) and Heinz Nordhoff and Citation to their Associates for development of the Volkswagen automobile.

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1959 - to Sir Geoffrey De Havilland, Major Frank B. Halford (in memoriam) and Charles C. Walker and Citation to their Associates for the first jet-powered passenger aircraft and engines.

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1960 - to Frederick Darcy Braddon and Citation to the Engineering Department of the Marine Division, Sperry Gyroscope Company, for the three-axis gyroscopic navigational reference.

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1961 - to Robert Gilmore Letoumeau and Citation to the Research and Development Division, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, for high speed, large capacity, earth moving equipment and giant size tires.

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1962 - to Lloyd J. Hibbard for applying the ignitron rectifier to railroad motive power.

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1963 - to Earl A. Thompson and Citations to Ralph F. Beck, William L. Carnegie, Walter B. Herndon, Oliver K. Kelley and Maurice S. Rosenberger for design and development of the first notably successful automatic automobile transmission. 

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1964 - to Igor Sikorsky and Michael E. Gluhareff and Citation to the Engineering Department of the Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation, for the invention and development of the high­lift helicopter leading to the Skycrane.

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1965 - to Maynard L. Pennell, Richard L. Rouzie, John E. Steiner, William H. Cook and Richard L. Loesch, Jr. and Citation to the Commercial Airplane Division, The Boeing Company, for the concept, design, development, production and practical application of the family of jet transports exemplified by the 707, 720 and 727.

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1966 - to Hideo Shima, Matsutaro Fuji and Shigenari Oishi and Citation to the Japanese National Railways for the design, development and construction of the New Tokaido Line with its many important advances in railroad transportation.

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1967 - to Edward R. Dye (in memoriam), Hugh DeHaven, and Robert A. Wolf for their contribution to automotive occupant safety and Citation to the research engineers of Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory and the staff of the Crash Injury Research projects of the Cornell University Medical College.  Award Booklet (PDF)

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1968 - to Christopher S. Cockerell and Richard Stanton­Jones and Citation to the men and women of the British Hovercraft Corporation for the design, construction and application of a family of commercially useful Hovercraft.

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1969 - to Douglas C. MacMillan, M.Nielsen and Edward L. Teale, Jr. and Citations to Wilbert C. Gumprich and the organizations of George G. Sharp, Inc., Babcock and Wilcox Company, and the New York Shipbuilding Corporation for the design and construction of the N.S. Savannah, the first nuclear ship with reactor, to be operated for commercial purposes.  Award Booklet (PDF)

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1970 - to Charles Stark Draper and Citations to the personnel of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratories, Delco Electronics Division, General Motors Corporation, and Aero Products Division, Litton Systems, for the successful application of inertial guidance systems to commercial air navigation.

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1971 - to Sedgwick N. Wight (in memoriam) and George W. Baughman and Citations to William D. Hailes, Lloyd V. Lewis, Clarence S. Snavely, Herbert A. Wallace, and the employees of General Railway Signal Company, and the Signal & Communications Division, Westinghouse Air Brake Company, for development of Centralized Traffic Control on railways. 

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1972 - to Leonard S. Hobbs and Perry W. Pratt and the dedicated engineers of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Division of United Aircraft Corporation for the design and development of the JT­3 turbo jet engine.

 
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1975 - to Jerome L. Goldman, Frank A. Nemec and James J. Henry and Citations to the naval architects and marine engineers of Friede and Goldman, Inc. and Alfred W. Schwendtner for revolutionizing marine cargo transport through the design and development of barge carrying cargo vessels.

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1977 - to Clifford L. Eastburg and Harley J. Urbach and Citations to the Railroad Engineering Department of The Timken Company for the development, subsequent improvement, manufacture and application of tapered roller bearings for railroad and industrial uses.

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1978 - to Robert Puiseux and Citations to the employees of the Manufacture Française des Pneumatiques Michelin for the development of the radial tire. 

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1979 - to Leslie J. Clark for his contributions to the conceptualization and initial development of the sea transport of liquefied natural gas.  Award Booklet (PDF)

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1980 - to William M. Allen, Malcolm T. Stamper, Joseph F. Sutter and Everette L. Webb and Citations to the employees of Boeing Commercial Airplane Company for their leadership in the development, successful introduction and acceptance of wide­body jet aircraft for commercial service.

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1981 - to Edward J. Wasp for his contributions toward the development and application of long distance pipeline slurry transport of coal and other finely divided solid materials.

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1982 - to Jörg Brenneisen, Ehrhard Futterlieb, Joachim Körber, Edmund Müller, G. Reiner Nill, Manfred Schulz, Herbert Stemmler and Werner Teich for their contributions to the development and application of solid state adjustable frequency induction motor transmission to diesel and electric motor locomotives in heavy freight and passenger service. 

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1983 - to Sir George Edwards, OM, CBE, FRS; General Henri Ziegler, CBE, CVO, LM, CG; Sir Stanley Hooker, CBE, FRS (in memoriam); Sir Archibald Russell, CBE, FRS; and M. André Turcat, L d #H, CG; commemorating their outstanding international contributions to the successful introduction and subsequent safe service of commercial supersonic aircraft exemplified by the Concorde.

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1984 - to Frederick Aronowitz, Joseph E. Killpatrick, Warren M. Macek and Theodore J. Podgorski for the conception of the principles and development of a ring laser gyroscopic system incorporated in a new series of commercial jet liners and other vehicles.

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1985 - to Richard K. Quinn, Carlton E. Tripp, and George H. Plude for the inclusion of 
numerous innovative design concepts and an unusual method of construction of the first 1,000­foot self­unloading Great Lakes vessel, the M/V Stewart J. Cort.

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1986 - to George W. Jeffs, Dr. William R. Lucas, Dr. George E. Mueller, George F. Page, Robert F. Thompson and John F. Yardley for significant personal and technical contributions to the concept and achievement of a reusable Space Transportation System. 

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1987 - to Harry R. Wetenkamp for his contributions toward the development and application of curved plate railroad wheel designs.

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1988 - to J. A. Pierce for his pioneering work and technical achievements that led to the establishment of the OMEGA Navigation System, the world's first ground­based global navigation system.

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1989 - to Harold E. Froehlich, Charles B. Momsen, Jr., and Allyn C. Vine for the invention, development and deployment of the deep­diving submarine, Alvin. 

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1990 - to Claud M. Davis, Richard B. Hanrahan, John F. Keeley, and James H. Mollenauer for the conception, design, development and delivery of the Federal Aviation Administration enroute air traffic control system.

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1991 - to Malcom Purcell McLean for his pioneering work in revolutionizing cargo transportation through the introduction of intermodal containerization.

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1992 - to Daniel K. Ludwig (in memoriam) for the design, development and construction of the modern supertanker.

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1993 - to Heinz Leiber, Wolf­Dieter Jonner and Hans Jürgen Gerstenmeier and Citations to their colleagues in Robert Bosch GmbH for their conception, design and development of the Anti­lock Braking System for application in motor vehicles.

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1994 - to Russell G. Altherr for the conception, design and development of a slackfree connector for articulated railroad freight cars.

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1996 - to Thomas G. Butler (in memoriam) and Richard H. MacNeal for the development and mechanization of NASA Structural Analysis (NASTRAN) for widespread utilization as a working tool for finite element computation.

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1998 - to Bradford W. Parkinson for leading the concept development and early implementation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a breakthrough technology for the precise navigation and position determination of transportation vehicles.  Award Booklet (PDF)

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2000 - to those individuals who, working at the French National Railroad (SNCF) and ALSTOM between 1965 and 1981, played leading roles in conceiving and creating the initial TGV High Speed Rail System, which opened a new era in passenger rail transportation in France and beyond.

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2002 - to Raymond Pearlson for the invention, development and worldwide implementation of a new system for lifting ships out of the water for repair and for launching new ship construction. The simplicity of this concept has allowed both large and small nations to benefit by increasing the efficiency and reducing the cost of shipyard operations.  Award Booklet (PDF)

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2004 - To Josef Becker for the invention, development, and worldwide implementation of the Rudderpropeller, a combined propulsion and steering system, which converts engine power into optimum thrust. As the underwater components can be steered through 360 degrees, the full propulsive power can also be used for maneuvering and dynamic positioning of the ship.  Award Booklet (PDF)


 
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2005 - To Victor Wouk for his visionary approach to developing gasoline engine-electric motor hybrid-drive systems for automobiles and his distinguished engineering achievements in the related technologies of small, lightweight, and highly efficient electric power supplies and batteries.  Award Booklet (PDF)


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2006 - To Antony Jameson for his seminal work and continuing contributions to aviation through the development of innovative and efficient computational aerodynamic design codes and their application to the designs of aircraft.  Award Booklet (PDF)


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2007 - to Robert F. Cook, Peter T. Mahal, Pam L. Phillips, and James C. White in recognition of their seminal work and continuing contributions to aviation through the development of the Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) and its installation at many airports.  Award Booklet (PDF)

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2008 - to Thomas P. Stafford, Glynn S. Lunney, Aleksei A. Leonov, Konstantin D. Bushuyev as leaders of the Apollo-Soyuz mission and as representatives of the Apollo-Soyuz docking interface design team: in recognition of seminal work on spacecraft docking technology and international docking interface methodology.  Award Booklet (PDF) 
 

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2009 - to Boris Popov for the development of the ballistic parachute system allowing the safe descent of disabled aircraft.  Award Booklet (PDF) 

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2010 - to Takuma Yamaguchi for his invention of the ARTICOUPLE, a versatile scheme to connect tugboats and barges to form an articulated tug and barge (AT/B) waterborne transportation system operational with variable draft barges in rough seas. His initial design has led to the development of many different types of couplers that have resulted in the worldwide use of connected tug and barges for inland waterways, coastal waters and open ocean operation.  Award Booklet (PDF) 

 
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