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The Lindbergh Award

The Lindbergh Award is given annually to individuals whose work over many years has made significant contributions toward the Lindbergh’s concept of balancing technology and nature.

In honor of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s vision of achieving balance between the technological advancementsCLwithHelmet they helped pioneer, and the preservation of the human and natural environments they cherished, the Lindbergh Award is used as a means of acknowledging those whose work has made a significant contribution toward the concept of “balance.”

Each year since 1978, the Foundation has presented its Lindbergh Award in cities around the country with significance to Lindbergh history. The award recipient is the featured speaker at the event, generally scheduled in May near the time when Lindbergh started his New York-to-Paris flight, after formally accepting the Lindbergh Award. This event serves as an opportunity to honor the award recipient, communicate a common vision and inspire those in attendance.

Selection Procedure

Nominations for the Lindbergh Award are made by individuals and are reviewed by the Award Committee. To make a nomination, please review our Award Guidelines.

Members of the Lindbergh Foundation’s Award Selection Committee will consider all nominations and will submit their recommendation to the full board, which makes the final selection. Their decision is final. Those nominees that are not selected to receive a Lindbergh Award, but are deemed worthy, will continue to be considered for future Lindbergh Awards, and need not be re-nominated. Nominees selected to receive a Lindbergh Award will be notified by telephone or letter.

The success of the Lindbergh Award program and the Lindberghs’ legacy are dependent upon the great work being done on behalf of balance by individuals from around the world. These people deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments and dedication. We hope you have been inspired to nominate someone worthy of this honor.

“I owned the world that hour as I rode over it. free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them.”

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Charles Lindbergh

Lindbergh Award Recipients 2000 - 2014

Innovators and Leaders in the Concept of Balance

As the pioneer of the respiratory industry, Dr. Bird created his “Babybird,” a ventilator made specifically for premature infants and small children.

Dr. Forrest Bird

2012 Recipient

Dean Kamen was selected to receive the 2011 Lindbergh Award for his lifelong dedication to helping people lead better lives through breakthrough medical innovations, such as the insulin pump.

Dean Kamen

2011 Recipient

Jack Pelton was selected to receive the 2010 Lindbergh Award for leading the charge to see that the aviation industry focuses appropriate efforts in reducing its environmental impact.

Jack Pelton

2010 Recipient

Lester Brown was selected to receive the 2009 Lindbergh Award for his lifelong environmental leadership. He understands the interrelatedness of the world's economy, population, and environmental resources.

Lester Brown

2009 Recipient

Terry and Mary Kohler were selected to receive the 2009 Lindbergh Award for their lifelong dedication to environmental conservation, and the more recent use of their airplanes to help reintroduce trumpeter swans and whooping cranes in the United States.

Terry and Mary Kohler

2009 Recipient

Ted Turner is chairman of the Turner Foundation and founder of CNN, the world’s first live, in-depth, round-the-clock news television network.

Ted Turner

2008 Recipient

National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence and Wildlife Conservation Society Conservationist Dr. J. Michael Fay, received the 2007 Lindbergh Award for his use of technology to collect information about the environment.

Dr. Michael Fay

2007 Recipient

Will Steger received the 2006 Lindbergh Award not only for his accomplishments, but more importantly for his deep understanding of the environment and his efforts to raise awareness of current environmental threats, especially climate change.

Will Steger

2006 Recipient

Dr. Peter Diamandis received the 2006 Lindbergh Award for his desire and ability to inspire the brightest minds on Earth to tackle some of the most pressing issues in the world today.

Peter Diamandis

2006 Recipient

Yolanda Kakabadse was recognized with the 2005 Lindbergh Award for her lengthy record of coordinating the efforts of international environmental agencies, and for resolving conflicts between industry and environmental concerns throughout Latin America and the world.

Yolanda Kakabadse

2005 Recipient

Dr. Bertrand Piccard was recognized with the 2005 Lindbergh Award not only for his historic 'round-the-world flight in a hot-air balloon, and his spirit of adventure but for the new perspective on the environment that evolved from that experience.

Bertrand Piccard

2005 Recipient

Dr. David Suzuki received the 2004 Lindbergh Award because of his profound respect for nature which came about during his childhood.

David Suzuki

2004 Recipient

"Jim Fowler's enthusiastic, all-encompassing love for endangered wild life has won him the affection of human and animal kind the world over." Reeve Lindbergh

Jim Fowler

2003 Recipient

Harrison Ford has been a formidable watchdog for the environment ever since the 1980s when he was introduced to the majestic rain forests of Belize during filming of "The Mosquito Coast."

Harrison Ford

2003 Recipient

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy received the 2002 Lindbergh Award for his dedication to educating, motivating and engaging others in implementing knowledge and technological progress in favor of the environment.

Thomas Lovejoy

2002 Recipient

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy received the 2002 Lindbergh Award for his dedication to educating, motivating and engaging others in implementing knowledge and technological progress in favor of the environment.

Thomas Lovejoy

2002 Recipient

Burt L. Rutan, president of Scaled Composites, Inc., in Mojave, Calif., was selected to receive the 2000 Lindbergh Award because of his creative aircraft designs that reduce pollution and improve mileage.

Burt Rutan

2000 Recipient

Past Recipients of the Lindbergh Award

1999 ?? ?? AMORY B. AND L. HUNTER LOVINS
1998 ?? ?? DR. JOHN H. AND NANCY JACK TODD
1997 ?? ?? NEIL ARMSTRONG
1996 ?? ?? DR. SYLVIA A. EARLE
1995 ?? ?? HER MAJESTY QUEEN SIRIKIT OF THAILAND
1994 ?? ?? SAMUEL C. JOHNSON (DECEASED)
1993 ?? ?? DR. MURRAY GELL-MANN
1992 ?? ?? DICK SMITH
1991 ?? ?? DR. RICHARD EVANS SCHULTES (DECEASED)
1990 ?? ?? DR. ROBERT M. WHITE
1989 ?? ?? HUGH DOWNS
1988 ?? ?? SIR EDMUND HILLARY (DECEASED)
1987 ?? ?? ARTHUR C. CLARKE
1986 ?? ?? DR. THOR HEYERDAHL (DECEASED)
1985 ?? ?? RUSSELL E. TRAIN
1984 ?? ?? GENERAL JAMES H. DOOLITTLE (DECEASED)
1983 ?? ?? CAPTAIN JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU (DECEASED)
1982 ?? ?? DR. PAUL B. MACCREADY, JR. (DECEASED)
1981 ?? ?? MAURICE F. STRONG
1980 ?? ?? EDWIN A. LINK (DECEASED)
1979 ?? ?? DR. AURELIO PECCEI (DECEASED)
1978 ?? ?? ROBERT O. ANDERSON (DECEASED)