Order of James Smithson

Awards and Medals
January 18, 2018
Media Fact Sheet

The Board of Regents established the Order of James Smithson in 1983 to recognize transcendent donations. The Order, which is inspired by the gifts of Arthur M. Sackler and Mrs. Enid A. Haupt, has been awarded only nine times.

The Smithsonian National Board proposes nominees for the Order of James Smithson to the Secretary, who notifies the nominees of their election. The members' formal investiture takes place at a Board of Regents dinner. Each becomes a life member of the James Smithson Society, and his or her presence at Smithson Society annual banquets is recognized by the Chancellor and, or the Secretary. Recipients include:

2006 - Fred W. Smith
2002 - Dorothy G. Lemelson
2000 - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy
1999 - Ikuo Hirayama
1998 - Kenneth E. Behring
1985 - Sarah Roby
1984 - S. Dillon Ripley
1984 - Enid A. Haupt
1984 - Arthur M. Sackler