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Benjamin Franklin Medal (American Philosophical Society)

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Benjamin Franklin, after whom this medal is named. A portrait made by Joseph Duplessis (ca. 1785).
Benjamin Franklin, after whom this medal is named. A portrait made by Joseph Duplessis (ca. 1785).

The Benjamin Franklin Medal presented by the American Philosophical Society located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., also called Benjamin Franklin Bicentennial Medal, is awarded since 1906. The originally called "Philosophical Society" was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. The award was created to remember the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Franklin.[1][2][3] The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has this medal in his collection.[4]

The medal was created by the brothers Augustus and Louis St. Gaudens.[3][5]

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The Benjamin Franklin Medal
The Benjamin Franklin Medal

Recipients received this award under different names for different reasons:[1]

Benjamin Franklin Medal

Awarded for notable services to the American Philosophical Society, between 1937 and 1983.[7]

Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities or Sciences

Awarded between 1985 and 1991.[8]

Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences

Awarded since 1993.[9]

Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Public Service

Awarded since 1987.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Benjamin Franklin Medal". American Philosophical Society. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  2. ^ David Brand (March 17, 2005). "Rhodes awards Franklin medal to Bethe on 'a bittersweet day'". Cornell Chronicle. Cornell University. Archived from the original on 2011-10-26. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "The Benj. Fauver Collections - Auction Seventy Five". Maine Antique Digest. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved November 25, 2011. Look for the entry "398. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BICENTENNIAL MEDAL, 1906".
  4. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Bicentennial Medal". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Public Service Recipients". American Philosophical Society. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Minutes". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. American Philosophical Society. 60 (4): p.xxii. 1921. JSTOR 984523.
  7. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Medal Recipients 1937-1983". American Philosophical Society. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities or Sciences Recipients 1985-1991". American Philosophical Society. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences Recipients". American Philosophical Society. Retrieved November 26, 2011.

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