The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal

November 25, 2019
Media Fact Sheet
profile of James Smithson

The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, established in 1965 in honor of the 200th anniversary of Smithson's birth, is given under the Secretary's authority to persons who have made distinguished contributions to the advancement of areas of interest to the Smithsonian. It is James Smithson's visionary bequest that established the Smithsonian Institution. The list of recent recipients—69 since 1990—are:

 

2019 Warren Winiarski    

2016

Jeff Bezos

1997

Patrick J. MGovern

2015

Sebastian Thrun

 

Hal Prince

 

Ellsworth Kelly

 

Jim Henson

2014

Ralph Lauren

 

George Lucas

2013

Robert Gardner 

1996

Chuck Jones

2012

Clint Eastwood

 

Walter Cronkite

2010

Jibreel Khazan

 

Sir Colin Marshall 

 

(formerly Ezell Blair Jr.)

 

Pete Seeger

 

Franklin McCain 

 

Les Paul

 

Joseph McNeil

 

Julia Child

 

David Richmond 

 

James Whitmore

2009

Claude Lévi-Strauss

 

Jacques Cousteau

2007

Patricia B. Wolf

 

Don Ricardo Alegria

 

Raul Yzaguirre

 

Dale Chihuly

 

Robert H. Rosenblum

 1995

Gene Carl Feldman

 

(posthumously)

 1992

Hal Roach

2006

Malcolm Bilson

 

Rosemary Clooney

 

Jorge Ruiz

 1990

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

2005

Stephen W. Hawking

 

Tomie dePaola

 

Skitch Henderson

 

Betty Carter

 

Anner Bylsma

 

Tito Puente

2004

Sir David Attenborough

 

Robert Redford

 

Maestro Jaap Schroeder

 

Robert Jastrow

2003

Ellen Ochoa

 

Richard E. Leakey

 

Artie Shaw 

 

Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson

 

Olga Guillot

 

John Birks Gillespie

2002

David N. Baker

 

International Poetry Forum

 

Antonia C. Novello, M.D.

 

Helen Hayes

2001

Henry Z. Steinway

 

Hank Jones

 

Dolores Huerta

 

Gordon Parks

 

Celia Cruz

 

George W. Gross

2000

Dave Brubeck

 

Geoffrey Holder

 

Jerry Lee Lewis

 

Emerson String Quartet

 

Billy Joel

 

David Macaulay

1999

Steven Spielberg

 

20th Century Consort

 

Katherine Dunham

1977

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leon

 

Alberto Rex Gonzalez

1976

Bern Dibner

1998

Leslie Casson Stevens

1975

Ralp E. Becker

 

Sir Edmund Hillary

 

 

 

Johnny Smith

 

 

1997

Wilcomb C. Washburn

 

 

 

 (posthumously)

 

 

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