The Henry Medal

Awards and Medals
January 18, 2018
Media Fact Sheet
Henry Medal

The Henry Medal is given for outstanding service, usually—but not always—to someone not on the staff by resolution of the Board of Regents. The medal was created in honor of Secretary Henry shortly after his death in 1878 by William Barber, the Engraver of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, and his son Charles E. Barber. The likeness was probably based on the Clark Mills bust of Henry and the latin inscription on the reverse is taken from the 24th Ode of Horace. It reads: "Incorrupta fides nudaque veritas, Quando ullum inveniet parem?" (When shall Loyalty unshaken, and candid Truth e'er find a peer to him?). It is presented to individuals in recognition of their distinguished service, achievements or contributions to the prestige and growth of the Smithsonian Institution. The Henry Medal and the Smithson Medal have similar purposes, however, the Smithson Medal recognizes contributions to history, art, science, education, etc., at a universal level, whereas the Henry recognizes those contributions exclusively to the Institution.

 

2014 - Eva Pell
2012 - Cristián Samper
2011 - Roger G. Kennedy
2011 - Ira Rubinoff
2007 - W. Richard West Jr.
2004 - Irwin I. Shapiro
2000 - Michael Robinson
2000 - Constance Berry Newman
1998 - Tomás Ybarra-Frausto
1997 - Frederick Seitz
1996 - William G. Bowen
1995 - Sidney R. Yates
1995 - Peter G. Powers
1994 - Lloyd G. Schermer
1991 - Neil Harris
1991 - Joseph B. Bonsignore
1991 - John F. Jameson
1991 - Eloise Spaeth
1990 - August Heckscher

1988 - David Challinor
1987 - Lisa M. Taylor
1985 - Daniel P. Moynihan
1984 - Mary L. Ripley
1983 - Warren Robbins
1983 - George B. Field
1981 - William A. M. Burden
1980 - Gordon N. Ray
1980 - Caryl Parker Haskins
1979 - Porter M. Kier
1977 - Hubert H. Humphrey
1976 - T. Dale Stewart
1976 - Martin H. Moynihan
1975 - John Nicholas Brown
1973 - Fred L. Whipple
1973 - Edward K. Thompson
1970 - Charles G. Abbot
1968 - Frank A. Taylor
1967 - David E. Finley