Arthur C. Clarke Award winners exemplify the broad expanse of themes and initiatives undertaken in the name of Sir Arthur, and reflect the continuing growth of the Foundation and its mission.
2016 Arthur C. Clarke Awards
2015 Arthur C. Clarke Awards
- Innovator: Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb and O3b, for pioneering new approaches to satellite communications
- Imagination in Service to Society: Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, and environmental activist
- Lifetime Achievement: Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, site of famed technological achievements and breakthroughs including pivotal aerospace milestones, for decades of imaginative technology and energy engineering
2014 Arthur C. Clarke Awards
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Hon. Norman Augustine, World renowned leader in the U.S. Government and National Space Industry
- Innovator Award: Skybox Imaging, Groundbreaking space imaging leader which has embraced the new, small satellite technology
- Impact of Imagination on Society Award: Larry Niven, Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy Works for adults and children
2013 Arthur C. Clarke Awards
- Innovator Award: Mark Dankberg, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of ViaSat
- Impact of Imagination on Society Award: Ursula Le Guin, Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy Works for adults and children
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Fred Ordway III, Engineer, Professor and Technical Consultant to Stanley Kubrick
2012 Arthur C. Clarke Awards
- Innovator Award: Pradman Kaul, CEO Of Hughes Network Systems, for his sustained leadership in advancing satellite communications.
- Lifetime Achievement: Vinton G. Cerf, widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet.” Cerf is the co-inventor of the architecture and the basic protocols of the Internet.
- Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, was selected by the Foundation as its first-ever Imagination honoree. An internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia, and the United States, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.
The “Arthur C. Clarke Innovator’s Award”
This award recognizes initiatives or new inventions that have had recent impact on or hold particular promise for satellite communications and society, and stand as distinguished examples of innovative thinking.
2011: Elon Musk, for his ambitious career-long pursuit of three “important problems” near and dear to the heart of Sir Arthur Clarke – the Internet, clean energy, and space.
2010: S. Pete Worden, for his many decades of leadership in space exploration
2009: Steven Squyres, for pioneering work in the exploration of the planet Mars
2007/2008: Peter Diamandis, for pioneering work in the promotion of personal spaceflight (Cosmos Club)
2006: Robert T. Bigelow, for pioneering development of versatile space habitats (Cosmos Club)
2005: Dr. Brad Edwards, for creating a company and taking the lead in the design of a space elevator that could move cargo to the Clarke Orbit from the Earth’s Surface, 2005 (Cosmos Club)
2003: D.K. Sachdev and Joseph Campanella, for designing and implementing the world’s first audio broadcasting satellite (Kreeger Art Musuem, 2003)
The “Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award”
This award recognizes an individual, a group or an entity that exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Sir Arthur’s life. The award honors substantial and enduring contributions that relate the sciences and arts in meeting the challenges of contemporary life and the needs of tomorrow.
To submit a nomination for either award, please send the Foundation a letter. Please indicate whether the nomination is for the “Innovator’s Award” or the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” The letter should describe in detail the justifications in support of the nomination, and include a curriculum vita for the nominee or the nominees. Each submission should be signed by two nominators.
Nominations are evaluated by an independent selection committee that includes: Takashi Iida, Director General of the Communications Research Lab of Japan; and Conny Kullman, Chairman of Intelsat. The awards are made possible through generous donations from corporations and individuals around the world.
2011: Dr. Freeman Dyson, for his exceptional career across multiple disciplines, including quantum electrodynamics, invention of the Dyson series, his work more than half a century ago in the use of nuclear power for space flight, design work on the TRIGA, a small, inherently safe nuclear reactor used throughout the world in hospitals and universities for the production of isotopes, and other initiatives.
2010: Giuliano Berretta, for his longstanding advocacy of commercial satellite communications.
2009: Ray Kurzweil, for lifetime achievement as an inventor and futurist in computer-based technologies
2007/2008: David W. Thompson, for visionary leadership in creative space systems and missions (Cosmos Club)
2006: Walter Cronkite, for bringing the wonders of space into our lives (Cosmos Club)
2005: Ben Bova, Noted Science Fiction Writer (Cosmos Club)
2004: Claude Goumy, former Chairman of the Board of Marconi-Matra, founder of EADS (Cosmos Club)
2003: Robert Berry, Chairman of the Board, Space Systems, Loral (Kreeger Art Museum)
2002: Santiago Astrain, first Director General of Intelsat (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)