The Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award

The Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the Institute bestows upon a graduate, and is in recognition of "a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishment."


A living alumnus or alumna who has attained any degree (B.S., M.S., Engineer's, or Ph.D.) at Caltech or Throop Institute may be considered eligible for this award. Graduates who currently are on the faculty or staff of Caltech are not eligible, with the exception of those who have achieved the rank of Emeritus/a Professor. Members of the Institute Board of Trustees are not eligible until they have achieved the rank of Life Trustee. Selections are made by the President of Caltech based on recommendations from a committee comprising faculty, staff, and alumni; the President’s recommendations are confirmed by the Board of Trustees.

Since the award's inception in 1966, Caltech has recognized a total of 261 alumni as standouts in science, engineering, business and the arts.


Recent RECIPIENTS OF THE CALTECH Distinguished Alumni Awards

List of past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients 



The nomination period for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards is now closed.  You can help us recognize a Caltech graduate by nominating them for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards when the nomination period re-opens in May.