Willis Rodney Whitney Award

Willis Rodney Whitney Award

The Willis Rodney Whitney Award is given in recognition of significant contributions to corrosion science, such as the development or improvement of a theory that provides a fundamental understanding of corrosion phenomena and/or the prevention of corrosion. An individual who has made a major contribution to corrosion science through a form of education or work that leads to a better understanding of the science of corrosion may qualify.

A maximum of one award may be given in any year. The recipient will receive an inscribed award and an honorarium of $1000.

Nominee Eligibility

  • The nominee does not have to be a member of NACE.
  • No posthumous nominations will be accepted.
  • Past presidents are eligible for this award only for accomplishments following their presidency and only after 5 years’ time has lapsed since their presidency.
  • Past recipients of this award are not eligible to receive this award again.

How to Nominate

Download and fill out nomination form

Review criteria for nominator eligibility

Return on or before June 30 to NACE Headquarters

For more information please email awards@nace.org.

Dr. Günter Schmitt

2020 Recipient(s): Dr. Günter Schmitt

Over the past 40 years, Dr. Günter Schmitt has made outstanding contributions to corrosion science in a variety of fields. His inventions and innovations are based on sound scientific knowledge and fundamental understanding of corrosion and corrosion control phenomena that resulted in several time-tested and proven field techniques to control corrosion in challenging operating conditions. Dr. Schmitt has published more than 300 papers and educated more than 500 students, many of which are now in key leadership positions within the industry.

Dr. Schmitt is with IFINKOR-Institute for Maintenance and Corrosion Protection Technologies nfp-Ltd., Iserlohn, Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany.


Past Recipients

  • 2019 - Xiaogang Li
  • 2018 - Dr. Srdjan Nešić, FNACE
  • 2017 - Dr. Paul M. Natishan, FNACE
  • 2016 - En-Hou Han, FNACE
  • 2015 - Gerald S. Frankel
  • 2014 - Koji Arioka
  • 2013 - Carmen Andrade
  • 2012 - John Scully
  • 2011 - David Shoesmith
  • 2010 - Thomas Devine, Jr.
  • 2009 - Alan Turnbull
  • 2008 - Philippe Marcus
  • 2007 - Christofer Leygraf
  • 2006 - Michel Keddam
  • 2005 - Martin Stratmann
  • 2004 - John Stringer
  • 2003 - M. J. Graham
  • 2002 - K. Hashimoto
  • 2001 - R. C. Newman
  • 2000 - H.S. Isaacs
  • 1999 - J.R. Galvele
  • 1998 - T. Shoji
  • 1997 - R.P. Frankenthal
  • 1996 - T. Shibata
  • 1995 - F.P. Ford
  • 1994 - R.M. Latanision
  • 1993 - J.B. Wagner
  • 1992 - D.D. Macdonald
  • 1991 - G. Trabanelli
  • 1990 - D.J. Duquette
  • 1989 - N. Sato
  • 1988 - F.B. Mansfeld
  • 1987 - R.A. Oriani
  • 1986 - R.A. Rapp
  • 1985 - H.W. Pickering
  • 1984 - E.N. Pugh
  • 1983 - H. Leidheiser, Jr.
  • 1982 - E.D. Verink, Jr.
  • 1981 - I.L. Rosenfeld
  • 1980 - R.W. Staehle
  • 1979 - R.N. Parkins
  • 1978 - N.W.A. Mueller
  • 1977 - J. Kruger
  • 1976 - N.A. Nielsen
  • 1975 - D.A. Vermilyea
  • 1974 - B.F. Brown
  • 1973 - M.A. Streicher
  • 1972 - G.A. Marsh
  • 1971 - W.J. Schwerdtfeger
  • 1970 - F. N. Rhines
  • 1969 - M. Pourbaix
  • 1968 - M.E. Straumanis
  • 1967 - G.H. Cartledge
  • 1966 - N.D. Tomashov
  • 1965 - W.D. Robertson
  • 1964 - M. Stern
  • 1963 - J.T. Waber
  • 1962 - J.E. Draley
  • 1961 - H. Copson
  • 1960 - M. Cohen
  • 1959 - No recipient
  • 1958 - T. P. Hoar
  • 1957 - C. Wager
  • 1956 - N. Hackerman
  • 1955 - W.H.J. Vernon
  • 1954 - I.A. Dennison
  • 1953 - R.M. Burns
  • 1952 - E.A. Gulbransen
  • 1951 - H.H. Uhlig
  • 1950 - R.H. Brown
  • 1949 - R.B. Mears
  • 1948 - U.R. Evans
  • 1947 - W.R. Whitney