THE JULIUS ADAMS STRATTON PRIZES FOR INTERCULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT

The Stratton Awards are named in honor of Dr. Julius Stratton, former president of MIT and a long-esteemed member of the Friends of Switzerland until his death. His widow, Mrs. Catherine Stratton, was an active member of our organization and our Board of Directors, in addition to her involvement with many other intellectual and educational activities and programs.

The first Julius Adams Stratton Prize was awarded May 18th, 1966 to Julius Adams Stratton "for his exemplary and lasting definition of humanistic conduct in the perplexing world of Science."

The distinguished Award Committee, consisting of successive Stratton Laureates, continues to award this prize to eminent persons in the USA and Switzerland who exemplify the fruitfulness of the exchange of ideas and technologies between our two countries. As part of the Stratton Prize, Laureates are invited to nominate candidates for the Stratton Fellowships.

 Stratton Fellowship

Since the ancient scholarly tradition of Switzerland has much to contribute to the education of young Americans and since, conversely, Swiss students can learn much in America, FOSI has developed the Stratton Fellowship to encourage educational and cultural exchange.

The Stratton Fellows are given a stipend to defray their expenses during a period of exchange study in the United States or Switzerland, as the case may be.

(Under an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Stratton prizes, guided by their original philosophy, would be continued forever in the unlikely event that Friends of Switzerland were to be dissolved.)

Stratton Laureates and Fellows

1966-2014

 Year

 Laureates

 

 Fellows

1966

 Julius Adams Stratton

President of MIT and Ford Foundation

 Hans Naef, art historian

1968

George W. Thorn 

Prof. of Medicine, Harvard, Physician in Chief, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

 Hans-Rudolf Dürrenmatt,
musicologist

1969

Jerome C. Hunsaker 

Prof. of Aeronautical Engineering, MIT

 John Adams, composer

1970

Bradford Washburn 

Cartographer, photographer, Director of Museum of Science

 Stephen Karon

1971

Werner Imhoof 

NZZ correspondent in Washington, DC

 (Wiscasset School District,
Maine)

1972

Michael Stettler

Art historian, Director Abegg Stiftung, Berne

Karel Otavsky, art historian 

1973

 Georges F. Doriot

Chairman and CEO American Research and Development Corporation

Martin Hurni, musician

1974

Charles E. Mongan 

Mathematician, Physicist, MIT & ETH

 

1975

Ernst Huber

Director Swiss Topgraphic Inst., Berne

Rudolf Knöpfli 

1976

Alain B. Rossier

Chief Spinal Cord Injury Service VA Prof. Harvard Medical School

Erika Sturm, psychologist 

1977

 Charles S. Draper

Sen Scientist Charles S. Draper Lab. Developer of CSD guidance system

Donald A. Keller

1978

 Agnes Mongan

Art historian, Director Fogg Art Museum

Henry K. Stegemeier

1979

William D. Carter

UNESCO Officer Geneva, International educator

(Albert Gallatin (Feris)
Foundation)
 

1980

Randall Thompson

Musician, teacher, composer

David Francis Urrows,
composer 

Conrad H. Biber

Physicist, Director of Advanced Technology Lab, Polaroid Corp.

1981

George H. Büchi

Prof. of Chemistry, MIT

Robert S. Altman, biochemist

Roger W. Jeanloz

Prof. of Bio-Chemistry Harvard Lab. of carbohydrate research, MGH

1982

Carl Einsele

Thomas Karger

Swiss publisher of science, art and music literature, Basel

Head of Biomedical Publishing House S. Karger, Basel

Gerhard Stucki, ecologist 

1983

 Bernard Brauchli

Musicologist, Master of the Clavichord, Cambridge Society for Early Music

(Cambridge Society for
Early Music)

1984

 Vlctor E. Weisskopf

MIT physicist, Dir. CERN Geneva, musician

Rafel Carreras, journalist

1985

 Philip J. McNiff

Yen-Tsai Feng

Director Boston Public Library

Harvard College Librarian

Peter Wolf, medical librarian

1986

John Kenneth Galbraith

Harvard economist, author, US Ambassador to India

Toni Siegrist, educator 

1987

Oscar Handlin

Harvard Historian, Humanist, Author

Urs Hamrner, historian 

1988

Irene Vischer Honegger

Journalist, supporter of the Busch Reisinger Museum

(Busch Reisinger Museum
Harvard University) 

1989

Bruno Thürlimann

Prof. of Structural Engineering ETH, rehabilitation of Hancock Tower

Aurelio Muttoni, engineer 

1990

 Blanche Honegger Moyse

Violinist, founder & conductor Bach Music Festival, Brattleboro VT

Zon Eastes, cellist

1991

 Freddy Hombuger

Research Scientist, Honorary Swiss Consul, Co-founder of FOSI

Andreas Werner,
molecular biologist

1992

 Roman Totenberg

World renowned violinist, Prof. of Music at Boston University

Charles Fussell, composer

1993

William J. Curran

Lawyer and MD, Harvard and WHO Geneva

Sylvain Poitras, lawyer 

1994

 Charles E. Ziegler

Dr. Chem. CIBA, President Swiss Center Foundation N.Y.

Pete Hessler, writer

1995

James H. Hutson

Chief of Manuscript Division Library of Congress

Caspar Heer, editor 

1996

 George Alessandria

Swissair Manager in Boston and Washington, DC

Zheng-RongWang, violinist

1997

 Hans J. Bär

Chairman Jul. Baer Holdings, Pres. American-Swiss Ass. Zurich

Kenneth M. Roberson, baritone

1998

 Mary Davenport

American and Internat. Opera singer 14 years at Zurich Opera

Wayne Hobbs, tenor

1999

 Ruth Ruprecht

Prof. Medicine Harv. Med. School, Research Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Regina Hofmann, virologist

2000

 Alfred Defago

Swiss Ambassador in Washington, DC

Gregory Fossedal, writer

2001

 Ernest Jost


Max Steinmann

Dr. Chem., Swiss Honorary Consul, Boston

Venture capitalist, Swiss Honorary Consul, Boston

Oliver Muehlemann, biologist

2002

 Faith Whittlesey

US Ambassador to Switzerland, Pres. American-Swiss Found. New York

J. Michael Waller, author

2003

 Jane Swift

 
Ralph Lewin

Former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Pres. of Legislative Counsel, Canton of Basel-Stadt

Pierre Weill, journalist

2004

Daniel Vasella

Chairman and CEO Novartis International

 

2005

Catherine N. Stratton

Spouse of Julius A. Stratton, longtime Board Member and supporter of FOSI

Stacy Figueredo, engineer

2006

Angelo M. Codevilla

Author, Prof. of International Relations at BU

Charles David Corbin, professor

2007

Jenö C.A. Staehelin

Former Swiss Ambassador to UN, also with UNICEF and the Internat. Red Cross

Ali Arbia, political scientist

2008

John A. Shane

Venture capital pioneer, longtime supporter of Swiss-US relations

Christina Rominger, scientist

2009

Douglas Sears

Associate Provost, BU, educator and diplomat

Brent Bernkrant, Naval Officer

2010

Hansjörg Wyss

Philandthropist and

Corporate Leader

Martin P. Werner, Pianist

2011

Josef von Rickenbach  

Business Leader and Civic Patron

Kristian Johnson,

medical student

2012

Iris Bohnet

Academic Dean,

Harvard JFK School

Gabriela Hertig,

social anthropologist

2013

Marc Redlich

Attorney

Anna DeGraff, soprano

2014

Steven G. Hoch

Co-founder and Partner of Highmount Capital LLC

Britta Voss, earth scientist

2015

Renata von Tscharner

Founder, Charles River Conservancy

David Loutzenheiser, transportation planner


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