Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award
The TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award is the highest honor that the Association can bestow upon an individual. Established in 1928, the Gold Medal is granted to those "who have made preeminent scientific and engineering achievements of proven applied benefit to the world’s pulp, paper, board, and forest product industries. The forest product industries include forestry, derived products, their process technology, and their applications."
Gunnar W. E. Nicholson was a distinguished paper industry engineer and manager for nearly 75 years. He served as President of the Tennessee River Pulp and Paper Company prior to his retirement. Nicholson joined TAPPI in 1925, was elected TAPPI President in 1946, and received the TAPPI Gold Medal in 1954.
In 1984, Mr. Nicholson donated $1 million to establish the TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award Fund. Since that time, the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal has been accompanied by a cash honorarium worth 5% of the fund, which in recent years has been between $60,000 - $80,000.
Multiple nominations of any candidate by several groups or individuals should be strongly discouraged, since only one sponsor per candidate is needed to assure the nomination's full and 9 careful consideration. It is not necessary to renominate a candidate each year, since the Board Nominating/Honors Committee carries forward for five award years the names of those nominees not selected. After five award years following the receipt of the nomination (for example, a nomination received August 1, 2003, would be eligible for award years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008), however, the nomination must be reactivated and brought up to date, or it will be dropped.
Deadline: August 1 for honors to be given the following year.
Instructions for Submission
Please complete the survey for submission. Questions can be sent to email@example.com. If any forms lack sufficient room, please attach these on the supplemental data upload section with the nominee's name and question number. Sponsors can invite collaborators to contribute to applications.
At a glance, the following are required for submission:
- Common nomination form: sponsor and nominee contact information
- Biographical data form: nominee's employment history, education, etc.
- Qualifications and achievements form
- Supplemental data sheet
The Board Nominating/Honors Committee will consider all valid nominations and submit its recommendation on the preferred nominee to the TAPPI Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will then review this recommendation. The Board of Directors shall consider only the candidate proposed by the Board Nominating/Honors Committee.
The Association's Board of Directors may, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at a regular or special meeting, grant the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award to the candidate recommended by the Board Nominating/Honors Committee.