Awards

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.

2017 Awards

Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Stephen Hawking, PhD, Theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Cambridge professor

Award for Imagination in Service to Society:
Kim Stanley Robinson, Author of science fiction, including the Mars trilogy

​Award for Innovator:
John Hendricks, Founder and former Chairman of Discovery Communications, Founder and Chairman of CuriosityStream

Conference and Awards Program

Stephen Hawking, PhD

Stephen Hawking, PhD

Award for Lifetime Achievement

Theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Cambridge professor

2016 Awards

Award for Lifetime Achievement:
The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA)

Award for Imagination in Service to Society:
Bran Ferren, co-founder and chief executive officer of Applied Minds

Award for Innovator:
Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon.com President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board

2015 Awards

Award for 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

Award for Imagination in Service to Society:
Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, and environmental activist

Award for Innovator:
Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb and O3b, for pioneering new approaches to satellite communications

2014 Awards

Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Hon. Norman Augustine, World renowned leader in the U.S. Government and National Space Industry

Award for Imagination in Service to Society:
Larry Niven, Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy Works for adults and children

Award for Innovator:
Skybox Imaging, Groundbreaking space imaging leader which has embraced the new, small satellite technology

2013 Awards

Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Fred Ordway III, Engineer, Professor and Technical Consultant to Stanley Kubrick

Award for Imagination in Service to Society:
Ursula Le Guin, Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy Works for adults and children

Award for Innovator:
Mark Dankberg, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of ViaSat

2012 Awards

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.

​Award for Innovator:
Pradman Kaul, CEO Of Hughes Network Systems, for his sustained leadership in advancing satellite communications.

Watch the 2018 Awards Program