About the AHA | Humanists of the year

Humanists of the Year

The Humanist of the Year award was established in 1953 to recognize a person of national or international reputation who, through the application of humanist values, has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the human condition.

Selection of the awardee is based on research derived from biographical data, writings, studies, and contributions to humanity. Nominations are accepted from AHA members. The Awards Committee, with the approval of the Board, makes the selection. A bronze plate bearing an inscription is awarded at the Annual Conference.

The awardee's acceptance speech is published in The Humanist.


  • Barney Frank - 2014
  • Dan Savage - 2013
  • Gloria Steinem - 2012
  • Rebecca Newberger Goldstein - 2011
  • Bill Nye - 2010
  • PZ Myers - 2009
  • Pete Stark - 2008
  • Joyce Carol Oates - 2007
  • Steven Pinker - 2006
  • Murray Gell-Mann - 2005
  • Daniel C. Dennett - 2004
  • Sherwin T. Wine - 2003
  • Steven Weinberg - 2002
  • Stephen Jay Gould - 2001
  • Bill Schulz - 2000
  • Edward O. Wilson - 1999
  • Barbara Ehrenreich - 1998
  • Alice Walker - 1997
  • Richard Dawkins - 1996
  • Ashley Montagu - 1995
  • Lloyd Morain - 1994
  • Mary Morain - 1994
  • Richard D. Lamm - 1993
  • Kurt Vonnegut - 1992
  • Lester R. Brown - 1991
  • Werner Fornos - 1991
  • Ted Turner - 1990
  • Gerald A. Larue - 1989
  • Leo Pfeffer - 1988
  • Margaret Atwood - 1987
  • Faye Wattleton - 1986
  • John Kenneth Galbraith - 1985
  • Isaac Asimov - 1984
  • Lester A. Kirkendall - 1983
  • Helen Caldicott - 1982
  • Carl Sagan - 1981
  • Andrei Sakharov - 1980
  • Edwin H. Wilson - 1979
  • Margaret E. Kuhn - 1978
  • Corliss Lamont - 1977
  • Jonas E. Salk - 1976
  • Betty Friedan - 1975
  • Henry Morgentaler - 1975
  • Mary Calderone - 1974
  • Joseph Fletcher - 1974
  • Thomas Szasz - 1973
  • B.F. Skinner - 1972
  • Albert Ellis - 1971
  • A. Philip Randolph - 1970
  • R. Buckminster Fuller - 1969
  • Benjamin Spock - 1968
  • Abraham H. Maslow - 1967
  • Erich Fromm - 1966
  • Hudson Hoagland - 1965
  • Carl Rogers - 1964
  • Hermann J. Muller - 1963
  • Julian Huxley - 1962
  • Linus Pauling - 1961
  • Leo Szilard - 1960
  • Brock Chisholm - 1959
  • Oscar Riddle - 1958
  • Margaret Sanger - 1957
  • C. Judson Herrick - 1956
  • James P. Warbasse - 1955
  • Arthur F. Bendley - 1954
  • Anton J. Carlson - 1953

 Barney Frank, 2014 Humanist of the Year 

Barney Frank
2014 Humanist of the Year
Read his biography

 

 Dan Savage, 2013 Humanist of the Year 

Dan Savage
2013 Humanist of the Year
Read his speech and interview in The Humanist Magazine

 

Gloria Steinem, 2012 Humanist of the Year

Gloria Steinem
2012 Humanist of the Year
Read her speech and interview in The Humanist Magazine

American Humanist Association

Jason Heap reviews the new British comedy, Pride! Have you seen this film? Tell...

14 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Gore Vidal’s former assistant, Fabian Bouthillette, has written Part I of his me...

18 hours ago

American Humanist Association

The Nov/Dec issue of The Humanist is out now, featuring some great interviews wi...

19 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Amy Poehler is creating a show about an agnostic woman who inherits a church. An...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Please welcome the newest addition to the American Humanist Association staff, P...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Woo Hoo! 32 states down, plus DC!

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Lots of great early feedback for Fighting Back the Right, the forthcoming new bo...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday! Weekends Rock! http://www.jesusandmo.net/2014/10/15/iron2/

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

How do you explain death to a child, or anyone, without religious influence?

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Birthday to Mae Jemison! In 1992, Jemison became the first African America...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Yesterday was Bring Your Bible to School Day. Tell us how you feel about this.

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Throwback Thursday! Can you name this past AHA Humanist of the Year?

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

During our 2014 annual conference, Clay Farris Naff had the pleasure of sitting...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde!

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Is the Catholic Church becoming more accepting of homosexuality and same-sex mar...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

When kids opt out of the Pledge, the AHA backs them up!

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

In this week's Humanist Hour Podcast, we are joined by Muhammad Syed and Sarah H...

7 days ago