AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award

Funded by The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), this award recognizes a paper, or series of closely related papers with at least one common author, which represents the most significant contribution to scientific findings that promote broad engineering application of metallic materials in the award period. It consists of the Mathewson Medal and an engraved plate in a walnut plaque.

The award was established to honor Champion H. Mathewson who was president of the Institute in 1943, Honorary Member of AIME, and a noted scientist and teacher. Funding was provided by a group of Yale alumni. AIME renamed the Institute of Metals Division annual award the Mathewson Award and added a gold medal to the engraved certificate, which had been given since 1934.

Champion Herbert Mathewson was born in 1881 in Essex, Connecticut. He received a Ph.B. and later an honorary D.Sc. from Yale University. From Gottingen University he received an M.A. and Ph.D. From 1904 to 1906 he was Austin Fellow of M.I.T. where he was successively assistant instructor in chemistry, 1902-1904, and instructor in 1906-1907. From 1907 to 1950 he was on the faculty at Yale University, serving as instructor, assistant professor, and professor of metallurgy and metallography. He was emeritus professor following that. At various times Dr. Mathewson was a metallurgical consultant for the New Jersey Zinc Co., the Scovil Manufacturing Co., the Chase Copper and Brass Co., and Bell Telephone Laboratories.

He was presented with AIME Honorary Membership in 1958 as a pioneer of modern physical metallurgy in this country, who laid much of the foundation of our understanding of the working and annealing of metals. His impact on the science can scarcely he over-estimated and includes a robust legacy both through his own work and, even more, through his students who now occupy key positions in industry and universities. For his contributions and his influence, he may well be regarded as the Dean of American metallurgists.

For more information on this award, view the bylaws.


  1. This award recognizes a paper or series of closely related papers with at least one common author published within the two-year period ending on October 31 that represents significant contribution to scientific findings that promote broad engineering application of metallic materials. The eligibility date of nominated papers should be considered the online publication date of the individual paper, not the publication date of the issue in which the paper appears.
  2. All papers published in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and B are automatically considered by procedures established by the committee. Papers from other peer reviewed TMS journals are considered if nominated. Nominations are to be by open process.
  3. Multiple awards may be given in topical areas deemed appropriate by the selection committee.

How to Nominate

Submission Deadline:
April 1 of each year.

Please submit the following documents to complete the nomination process:

  1. Completed nomination form.
  2. Nominator's Supporting Statement: This statement is to be included within the principal nominator’s cover letter. The supporting statement should outline the qualifications of the nominee/paper for the specific award. The nominator’s supporting statement and letter should be no more than two pages.
  3. PDF of the nominated paper(s).
  4. A letter of endorsement (optional). The letter should be no longer than one page.

Send complete nomination packet to TMS Awards.

Current Year Awardee(s)

2023 AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award
Tetsuya Hirade
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2023 AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award
Kei Saito
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2023 AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award
Kenichi Takai
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Past Years Awardees

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