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The Alexander Gode Medal

The Alexander Gode Medal, ATA's most prestigious award, is presented to an individual or institution in recognition of outstanding service to the translation and interpreting professions. This award may be given annually.


The individual or institution nominated does not need to be a member of ATA, although a history of constructive relations with ATA and with the language professions in general is desirable. Nominees do not need to be U.S. citizens.

Nominations criteria

Past recipients of the Gode Medal, and all ATA members, are welcome to submit nominations. Nominations should include:

    • Full name and contact information for the nominee and the nominator;

    • A detailed description of the nominee's record of service to the translation and/or interpreting professions.

(Petitions and letter campaigns are discouraged.)


The recipient will receive:
- The Gode Medal, presented at the Annual Meeting of All Members
- Complimentary registration to ATA's 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC
- Transportation to and from the Conference
- Up to four nights' lodging at the Conference hotel.

Please send nominations of the individual or institution you consider worthy of receiving the next Gode Medal to:

Gode Medal Award Committee
American Translators Association
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 590
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: +1-703-683-6100
Fax: +1-703-683-6122

Recipients of the Alexander Gode Medal

1964   Alexander Gode
1965   Kurt Gingold
1966   Richard & Clara Winston
1967   The National Translations Center (University of Texas)
1968   Pierre-François Caillé
1969   Henry Fischbach
1970   Carl V. Bertsche
1971   Lewis Bertrand
1972   Lewis Galantière
1973   Jean-Paul Vinay
1974   Eliot F. Beach
1975   Frederick Ungar
1976   None Awarded
1977   Eugene A. Nida
1978   Royal L. Tinsley, Jr.
1979   None Awarded
1980   Gregory Rabassa
1981   Georgetown University; SUNY Binghamton; Monterey Institute of International Studies
1982   None Awarded
1983   Françoise Cestac
1984   Charles M. Stern
1985   Ludmilla Callaham; Richard Ernst
1986   Patricia Newman
1987   William I. Bertsche
1988   Marilyn Gaddis Rose
1989   None Awarded
1990   Benjamin Teague
1991   None Awarded
1992   Deanna L. Hammond
1993   Karl Kummer
1994   None Awarded
1995   None Awarded
1996   Javier Collazo; William Gladstone
1997   Danica Seleskovitch
1998   Josephine Thornton
1999   S. Edmund Berger
2000   Gabe Bokor
2001   Christine Durban
2002   Susana Greiss
2003   None Awarded
2004   None Awarded
2005   None Awarded
2006   Peter Less
2007   None Awarded
2008   Peter Krawutschke
2009   None Awarded
2010   Glenn Nordin
2011   Holly Mikkelson
2012   None Awarded
2013   Alan K. Melby
2014   None Awarded
2015   None Awarded
2016   None Awarded