Proof Positivity: The Leonardo DaVinci Medal

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Society for History of Technology has given The Leonardo Da Vinci Medal to a Carnegie Mellon Professor for the second year in a row. Joel A. Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy in the Department of History, received the award at a celebration earlier this month in Lisbon, Portugal.

Mr. Tarr’s reaction to receiving the medal: “I was astonished, and very, very honored,” he said.
Tarr has been with Carnegie Mellon for more than 40 years, has worked a great deal in the area of urban history, particularly urban technology and the urban environment.

The recognition, which is the society’s highest honor, goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology through research, teaching, publication and other activities.

“The Society for the History of Technology’s Leonardo da Vinci Medal is a tremendous honor, and I am humbled by the recognition,” Tarr said. “Receiving the award just one year after my colleague David Hounshell makes the experience even more fulfilling.”

Andras Beck designed the medal, has Leonardo Da Vinci’s face from one of his self portraits. On the opposite side of the medal (in the words of the sculptor) “the basic sources of energy: water, wind, and fire.” The prize consists of a medal and a certificate.

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