The special award was established in 1954 for the purpose of recognizing a public figure (a government or industry leader) for long-term contributions to the advancement of information science and technology which have resulted in public awareness of the field and its benefits to society.
Past recipients of the Special Award:
|2004||Tim Berners Lee
(In recognition of his unprecedented work in fathering the World Wide Web, and his work in maintaining the Web universal document identifiers, as open source, royalty-free, platform independent, and governed with distributed authority)
|1998||Herbert A. Simon
(Contributions to computer science, artificial intelligence, psychology, economics, philosophy, human problem solving, cognitive science and numeral other fields)
|1996||Douglas C. Engelbart
(Consistent efforts to augment human intelligence)
|1995||Gerard O. Platau
(30 years continuous service to the ASIS Board)
|1993||Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Hahn
(Seminal Contributions to the Internet Communications Network)
|1991||Senator Albert Gore, Jr.
(Public Policy Achievement)
|1987||Rep. George E. Brown, Jr.
(Public Policy Achievements)
(Special Recognition Award)
|1978||Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (posthumously)|
(Special Bicentennial Fellowship)
(Distinguished Service Award)