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 four IAHR members and one individual/institution from outside the IAHR community.
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 2023 edition of the Honorary Membership Award is currently closed.
When and where will the award recipient be announced?
The award is presented at the biennial IAHR World Congress.
32nd Honorary Membership Award | 2023
Prof. James Ball, Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the modelling of physical processes, notably in the analysis and interpretation of statistical data on hydrology, hydraulics and water quality, and for his exemplary service to IAHR | Interview
Prof. Marcelo García, Director of the Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding and engineering applications of sediment transport, sedimentation engineering, hydraulic engineering education, and for his exemplary service to IAHR | Interview
Dr Peter Goodwin, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to hydro-environment engineering and research, notably in the fields of river restoration and ecohydraulics and for his exemplary service to IAHR, including his service as President | Interview
Dr Áurea Perucho Martínez, Director of the Spanish Centre for Studies and Experimentation of Public Works (CEDEX). In recognition of her career contributions and support to the field of water research and her exemplary service to IAHR as the director of CEDEX | Interview
17th Honorary Membership Award | 1993
Prof. Yoshiaki Iwasa, Japan
Prof. Em. Erich J. Plate, Germany
9th Honorary Membership Award | 1973
James Wallace Daily, USA
8th Honorary Membership Award | 1970
Léopold Escande, France
7th Honorary Membership Award | 1966
Arthur Thomas Ippen, USA
6th Honorary Membership Award | 1960
Lorenz G. Straub, USA
5th Honorary Membership Award | 1959
Johannes Th. Thijsse, Netherlands
3rd Honorary Membership Award | 1951
Eugene Meyer-Peter, Switzerland
2nd Honorary Membership Award | 1949
Wolmar Knut Axel Fellenius, Sweden
1st Honorary Membership Award | 1940
Prof. Dr. Ing. Hubert Engels, Germany