The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal

Medal with Smithson in profile

The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal
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:

 

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    
  Alberto Rex Gonzalez    
1998 Leslie Casson Stevens    
  Sir Edmund Hillary    
  Johnny Smith    
1997 Wilcomb C. Washburn    
   (posthumously)    

 

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