Established in 1927, the Daniel Guggenheim Medal was first granted in 1929 as an international award honoring those who had made significant achievements in the advancement of aviation. Selection of recipients was made and administered by a Board of Award comprised of all the living Medal recipients, plus three members each appointed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
1929 - Orville Wright, for the design and construction, with his brother, of the first successful engine-propelled airplane.
1930 - Ludwig Prandtl, for pioneer and creative work in the theory of aerodynamics.
1931 - Frederick William Lanchester, for contributions to the fundamental theory of aerodynamics.
1932 - Juan de la Cierva, for development of the theory and practice of the Autogyro.
1933 - Jerome Clarke Hunsaker, for contributions to the science of aerodynamics, to the science and art of aircraft design, and to the practical construction and utilization of rigid airships.
1934 - William Edward Boeing , for successful pioneering and achievement in aircraft manufacturing and air transport.
1935 - William Frederick Durand, for notable achievement as pioneer in laboratory research and theory of aeronautics; distinguished contributions to the theory and development of aircraft propellers.
1936 - George William Lewis, for pioneer and creative work in the theory of dynamics.
1937 - Hugo Eckener, for notable contributions in transoceanic air transport, and to international cooperation in aeronautics
1938 - (Alfred H) Roy Fedden, for contributions to the development of aircraft engine design, and for the specific design of the sleeve-valve aircraft engine.
1939 - Donald Wills Douglas, for outstanding contributions to the design and construction of transport airplanes.
1940 - Glenn Luther Martin, for contributions to aeronautical development and the production of many types of aircraft of high performance.
1941 - Juan Terry Trippe, for the development and successful operation of oceanic air transport.
1942 - James Harold Doolittle, for notable achievements in the advancement of both the art and the science of aeronautics.
1943 - Edmund Turney Allen, for major contributions to aeronautics leading to important advancements in airplane design, flight research, and airline operation; particularly for the presentation of new methods for the operational control and the development of scientific and systematic methods of flight testing of aircraft for basic design and performance data. (Posthumous)
1944 - Lawrence Dale Bell, for achievement in design and construction of military aircraft, and for outstanding contributions to the methods of production.
1945 - Theodore Paul Wright, for outstanding contributions to the development of civil and military aircraft, and for notable achievement in assuring the success of our wartime aircraft production program.
1946 - Frank Whittle, for pioneering the development of turbojet propulsion of aircraft.
1947 - Lester Durand Gardner, for outstanding achievement in advancing aeronautics, particularly for his conception and organization of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences.
1948 - Leroy Randle Grumman, for outstanding achievement in successfully advancing aircraft design, both for Naval and peacetime use.
1949 - Edward Pearson Warner, for pioneering in research and a continuous record of contributions to the art and science of aeronautics.
1950 - Hugh Latimer Dryden, for outstanding leadership in aeronautical research and fundamental contributions to aeronautical science.
1951 - Igor Ivan Sikorsky, for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to aeronautics, including pioneering with multi-engine airplanes, flying boats, amphibians, and helicopters.
1952 - Geoffrey de Havilland, for 40 years of pioneering in military and commercial aircraft, and the development of long-range jet transport.
1953 - Charles Augustus Lindbergh, for pioneering achievements in flight and air navigation.
1954 - Clarence Decatur Howe, for initiating and organizing commercial air routes and services, promoting aeronautical research, development and production of aircraft and engines, and advancing the art of aeronautics.
1955 - Theodore von Kármán, for long-continued leadership in the development of aerodynamic theory and its application to the practical problems of flight, in education in the aeronautical sciences, and in stimulating international cooperation in aeronautical research.
1956 - Frederick Brant Rentschler, for a wide range of major achievements throughout a lifetime devoted to aviation, with specific reference to his many notable contributions to the vital aircraft engine field. (Posthumous)
1957 - Arthur Emmons Raymond, for the development of a long line of successful civil and military aircraft, and for notable contributions to aeronautics in public service.
1958 - William Littlewood, for leadership and continuous personal participation over a quarter of a century in developing the equipment and operating techniques of air transport.
1959 - George Edwards, for a lifetime devoted to the design of military and commercial aircraft, culminating in the successful introduction into worldwide commercial service of the first turbine-powered, propeller-driven aircraft.
1960 - Grover Loening, for a lifetime devoted to the development of aeronautics in America.
1961 - Jerome Lederer, for his lifelong dedication to the cause of flight safety, and his constant and untiring efforts to reduce the hazards of aviation.
1962 - James Howard Kindleburger, for technical and industrial leadership in producing excellent aircraft and space equipment, from early fighters to the X-15 spaceplane. (Posthumous)
1963 - James Smith McDonnell, for lifetime contribution of outstanding nature in the design and development of military aircraft, and for pioneering work in space technology.
1964 - Robert H Goddard (Posthumous)
1965 - Sydney Camm (Posthumous)
1966 - Charles Stark Draper
1967 - George Swift Schairer
1968 - H M Horner
1969 - H Julian Allen
1970 - Jakob Ackeret
1971 - Archibald E Russell
1972 - William C Mentzer (Posthumous)
1973 - William McPherson Allen
1974 - Floyd L Thompson
1975 - Dwane L Wallace
1976 - Marcel Dassault
1977 - Cyrus R Smith
1978 - Edward H Heinemann
1979 - Gerhard Neumann
1980 - Edward C Wells (Posthumous)
1981 - Clarence L Johnson
1982 - David S Lewis
1983 - Nicholas J Hoff
1984 - Thomas H Davis
1985 - Thornton Arnold Wilson
1986 - Hans Wolfgang Liepmann
1987 - Paul B MacCready
1988 - J R D Tata
1989 - Fred E Weick
1990 - Joseph F Sutter
1991 - Hans P von Ohain
1992 - Bernard L Koff
1993 - Ludwig Bolkow
1994 - Helmut H Korst
1995 - Robert C Seamans, Jr
1996 - William R Sears
1997 - Abe Silverstein
1997 - Richard W Taylor
1998 - Richard J Coar
1998 - Ronald A Ostrowski
1999 - Frank E Marble
2000 - William H Pickering
2001 - Richard T Whitcomb
2002 - John G Borger
2003 - Holt Ashley
2004 - Courtland D Perkins
2005 - Eugene E Covert
2006 - Robert Loewy