Honorary Membership Award

Founding Statement

Since 1940, the IAHR Honorary Membership Award rewards IAHR members, as well as individuals and entities outside the IAHR community, for their life-time contributions to hydro-environment engineering and research, and for outstanding service to the association

This is the most prestigious honour conferred by the IAHR Council, and rewards up to three IAHR members and one individual/institution from outside the IAHR community.

Rules for the administration of the award

Who can be awarded?

According to article 12 of the IAHR Constitution "Individual members and institutional members, as well as individuals and entities outside IAHR, may be awarded honorary membership, upon the unanimous recommendation of the Executive Committee and endorsed by a two-thirds majority of the Council in a ballot, in the year preceding the biennial congress. Not more than three honorary members from among the IAHR membership and one from outside IAHR may be elected in a given biennial cycle."


The Call for nominations for the 2023 edition of the IAHR Honorary Membership Award is currently open and has been extended until Monday 13 February 2023 (12 p.m.).

All nominations must be submitted via email to using any of the following nomination forms:

Nomination form | Word format Nomination form [Word format]

Nomination form [PDF format]

When and where will the award recipient be announced? 

The award will be presented at the biennial IAHR World Congress.

For further information, please refer to our FAQs section on our website. Additional enquiries regarding the nomination process should be directed to the IAHR Secretariat via email to

List of previous winners

31st Edition | 2021
Prof. Dr. Anton Schleiss, Switzerland | Interview
Prof. Peter A. Davies, UK | Interview
Dr. Teodoro Estrela Monreal, Spain | Interview

30th Edition | 2019
Dr. Angelos N. Findikakis, USA | Interview
Prof. Young C. Kim, USA | Interview
Prof. Em. Arthur Mynett, The Netherlands | Interview

29th Edition | 2017
Prof. Zhaoyin Wang, China | Interview
Prof. Roger Falconer, UK
Prof. Jörg Imberger, USA | Interview

28th Edition | 2015
Prof. Joseph Hun-Wei Lee, Hong Kong SAR China
Prof. Jean-Paul Chabard, France
Dr. Mariano Navas Gutiérrez, Spain

27th Edition | 2013
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rodi, Germany | Interview
Prof. Em. Nobuyuki Tamai, Japan | Interview
Prof. Dr. Willi H. Hager, Switzerland | Interview

26th Edition | 2011
Prof. Dr. Ramón Fuentes Aguilar, Chile | Interview
Prof. Giampaolo Di Silvio, Italy | Interview
Prof. Pierre-Louis Viollet, France | Interview

25th Edition | 2009
Dr. Etienne Mansard, Canada
Prof. Cristóbal Mateos Iguacel, Spain
Prof. K.G. Ranga Raju, India

24th Edition | 2007
Prof. Forrest Holly, USA
Prof. Guifen Li, China

23rd Edition | 2005
Prof. Em. Helmut Kobus, Germany
Prof. Felipe Martínez, Spain
Prof. M. Selim Yalin, Canada. M. Selim Yalin Lifetime Achievement Award

22nd Edition | 2003
Dr. Henk Jan Overbeek, The Netherlands
Prof. Akira Wada, Japan
Dr. Jean A. Cunge, France

21st Edition | 2001
Prof. Oleg Fedorovich Vasiliev, Russian Federation
Prof. James C.I. Dooge, Ireland

20th Edition | 1999
Prof. Torkild Carstens, Norway
Prof. Em. Michael B. Abbott, Belgium

19th Edition | 1997
Rex A. Elder, USA
Bingnan Lin, China
O. Starosolszky, Hungary

18th Edition | 1995
Prof. Peter Larsen, Sweden
Ir. Jacob Egbert Prins, The Netherlands
Prof. Yen Kai, China

17th Edition | 1993
Prof. Yoshiaki Iwasa, Japan
Prof. Em. Erich J. Plate, Germany 

16th Edition | 1991
Prof. Lev A. Zolotov, Russia
Prof. Em. Eduard Naudascher, Germany
Dr. Sorin Dumitrescu, France. Extraordinary member of distinction
John S. McNown, Sweden

15th Edition | 1989
Prof. Pavel Novak, United Kingdom
John Fisher Kennedy, USA. John F. Kennedy Award

14th Edition | 1987
José Antonio Maza Álvarez, Mexico
Dr. Stevan Bruk, Serbia

13th Edition | 1985
Dr. Michel Hug, France
Taizo Hayashi, Japan
Hunter Rouse, USA

12th Edition | 1983
P. Ackers, UK
M.F. Skladnev, USSR

11th Edition | 1981
Vujica Yevjevich, USA
Masashi Hom-ma, Japan

10th Edition | 1979
Janos L. Bogardi, Hungary
Harold Jan Schoemaker, The Netherlands. Harold Jan Schoemaker Award

9th Edition | 1973
James Wallace Daily, USA

8th Edition | 1970
Léopold Escande, France

7th Edition | 1966
Arthur Thomas Ippen, USA. Arthur Thomas Ippen Award

6th Edition | 1960
Lorenz G. Straub, USA

5th Edition | 1959
Johannes Th. Thijsse, The Netherlands

4th Edition | 1958
G. de Marchi, Italy
J.W. Egiazaroff, USSR

3rd Edition | 1951
Eugene Meyer-Peter, Switzerland

2nd Edition | 1949
Wolmar Knut Axel Fellenius, Sweden

1st Edition | 1940
Prof. Dr. Ing. Hubert Engels, Germany

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