North Carolina Award

The North Carolina Award is the highest civilian award bestowed by the state of North Carolina. Each year there are awards in each of the four fields of science, literature, fine arts and public service. The award has been given out every year since 1964. North Carolina General Statutes chapters 140A and 143B list the criteria for the award. The North Carolina Awards Committee is appointed by the Governor and supervised by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Sculptor Paul Manship designed the award itself as one of the last commissions he completed before his death. Biographical essays are available for each award recipient in the ceremony program for that year. Programs are online through the North Carolina Digital Collections.

Abbott, Anthony2015Literature
Adcock, Betty1996Literature
Ammons, A R1986Literature
Aneja, Viney2007Science
Angelou, Maya1987Literature
Anlyan, William2002Science
Applewhite, James1995Literature
Atala, Anthony2015Science
Baker, Etta2003Fine Arts
Baliga, B Jayant2012Science
Barrax, Gerald2009Literature
Bath, Joanne1996Fine Arts
Bayes, Ronald1989Literature
Bearden, Romare1976Fine Arts
Bennett, Betsy M2014Public Service
Betts, Doris1975Literature
Bevington, Helen Smith1973Literature
Biggers, John1995Fine Arts
Blackmer, Sidney1972Fine Arts
Blakeslee, Sarah1994Fine Arts
Bowers, Henry2000Public Service
Boyles, Harlan E2000Public Service
Bringle, Cynthia2002Fine Arts
Brinkhous, Kenneth1969Science
Brinkley, David1988Public Service
Brodie, H Keith1990Science
Brookhart, Maurice2008Science
Brown, William1991Fine Arts
Broyhill, James T2015Public Service
Bruck, Robert1997Science
Bryan, Joseph M1986Public Service
Bryan, Joseph M Jr2005Public Service
Burke, Selma1982Fine Arts
Byer, Kathryn Stripling2001Literature
Caldwell, John T1987Public Service
Carden, Gary Neil2012Literature
Carroll, F Ivy2010Science
Cashion, Jerry C2007Public Service
Chambers, Julius L2002Public Service
Chappell, Fred1980Literature
Chase, Nancy1982Public Service
Coates, Albert1967Public Service
Cochrane, William1992Public Service
Cockerham, C Clark1976Science
Cohen, Myron S2013Science
Colvard, Dean1990Public Service
Cooke, S Tucker2000Fine Arts
Couch, John1964Science
Cowling, Ellis1973Science
Cox, Joe1993Fine Arts
Cram, John2013Fine Arts
Cuatrecasas, Pedro1988Science
Dalton, Harry & Mary1983Fine Arts
Daniels, Frank Jr1999Public Service
Daniels, Jonathan Worth1967Literature
Daniels, Julia Jones1999Public Service
David, Edward Jr1972Science
Davidson, Jan2007Fine Arts
Davis, Archie1979Public Service
Davis, Burke1973Literature
Davis, Chuck1992Fine Arts
de Butts, John1979Public Service
de Simone, Joseph M2009Science
Delhom, M Mellanay1997Fine Arts
Denny, Floyd Jr1982Science
Dole, Elizabeth1991Public Service
Donaldson, Lou2012Fine Arts
Dykeman, Wilma1985Literature
Eaton, Charles1988Literature
Ebendorf, Robert2010Fine Arts
Edgell, Marshall1994Science
Edgerton, Clyde1997Literature
Ehle, John1972Literature
Eliel, Ernest1986Science
Elion, Gertrude1989Science
Ervin, Samuel J1973Public Service
Etchells, John1975Science
Ethridge, Willie Snow1982Literature
Faulkner, Janice H2012Public Service
Fields, William1974Fine Arts
Finlator, W W2001Public Service
Fitz-Simons, Foster1976Fine Arts
Fletcher, Inglis1964Literature
Fletcher, William2000Science
Franklin, John Hope1993Literature
Frazier, Charles2008Literature
Freedman, Gerald2008Fine Arts
Friday, William1975Public Service
Fridovich, Irwin1985Science
Frye, Henry2007Public Service
Garvey, Robert Jr1978Public Service
Gatewood, Maud1984Fine Arts
Gibbons, Kaye1998Literature
Gilmore, Voit2004Public Service
Golden, Harry1979Literature
Goodmon, James2000Public Service
Goodnight, Ann2008Public Service
Gordy, Walter1979Science
Gottschalk, Carl1967Science
Graham, Frank Porter1965Public Service
Graham, Billy1986Public Service
Gray, Robert1998Fine Arts
Green, Jaki Shelton2003Literature
Green, Paul1965Literature
Griffith, Andy1984Fine Arts
Gurganus, Allan1999Literature
Guthrie, Frank1983Science
Hammer, Charles E Jr2011Public Service
Handler, Philip1970Science
Hanes, Frank Borden2003Public Service
Hanes, J Gordon Jr1985Public Service
Hanes, R Philip Jr1982Fine Arts
Hardy, Martha Nell2002Fine Arts
Harrelson, Walter J2004Literature
Harris, Bernice Kelly1966Literature
Harris, Rosemary2007Fine Arts
Hart, John2013Literature
Hearn, Thomas K Jr2006Public Service
Herring, William1972Public Service
Hill, George Watts1984Public Service
Hill, Robert1984Science
Hitchings, George1980Science
Hodges, Luther1966Public Service
Holshouser, James E Jr2006Public Service
Horton, Frank1999Fine Arts
Hotelling, Harold1972Science
Howell, Claude1985Fine Arts
Humber, Robert Lee1968Public Service
Hunt, Betty Debnam2005Public Service
Hunt, James B Jr2003Public Service
Hutchison, Clyde A III1995Science
Ingram, Robert A2014Public Service
Jackson, Herb1999Fine Arts
James, A Everette2015Fine Arts
Jenrette, Richard1994Public Service
Johnson, Gerald1965Literature
Johnson, Hunter1965Fine Arts
Jones, H G2002Public Service
Jones, Mary Ellen1991Science
Jordan, Robert III2001Public Service
Kamphoefner, Henry1978Fine Arts
Kellenberger, May G L1969Public Service
Kenan, Frank1990Public Service
Kenan, Randall2005Literature
Kenan, Thomas III1997Public Service
Kirk, Phil2013Public Service
Koontz, Elizabeth Duncan1977Public Service
Kreps, Juanita1976Public Service
Kuralt, Charles1987Public Service
Lambeth, Thomas Willis2005Public Service
Lancaster, H Martin2011Public Service
Lefkowitz, Robert1987Science
Lee, Howard N2015Public Service
Lee, William1988Public Service
Leonard, R Michael2010Public Service
Lindgren, Robert1980Fine Arts
Linney, Romulus2002Literature
Littleton, Harvey1987Fine Arts
London, Edith1988Fine Arts
Long, William Ivey2004Fine Arts
Lucas, John Harding2013Public Service
Mackay, Trudy2011Science
Madey, John1992Science
Maron, Margaret2008Literature
Marsalis, Branford2011Fine Arts
Martin, James G2008Public Service
Matheson, Elizabeth2004Fine Arts
Mayo, John1995Science
McBride, Patricia2015Fine Arts
McCain, Betty Ray2009Public Service
McCall, Adeline1981Fine Arts
McColl, Hugh L Jr2009Public Service
McCorkle, Jill1999Literature
McElveen-Hunter, Bonnie2012Public Service
McGlohon, Loonis1989Fine Arts
McKay, Martha1996Public Service
McRae, Emmett1986Public Service
Meredith, Jesse1991Public Service
Merritt, Hiram Houston1967Science
Miller, Heather1983Literature
Mitchell, Burley2007Public Service
Mitchell, Joseph1984Literature
Mitchiner, Reginald1977Science
Moore, Dan & Jeanelle1980Public Service
Moore, Lenard2014Literature
Morehead, John1964Public Service
Morgan, Robert1991Literature
Morton, Hugh1983Public Service
Murray, Royce2001Science
Narayan, Jagdish2014Science
Ness, Kenneth1973Fine Arts
Newman, Margaret S2010Public Service
Nicholson, Freda1994Public Service
Niven, Penelope2004Literature
Noland, Kenneth1995Fine Arts
Odell, A G Jr1966Fine Arts
Owen, Guy1971Literature
Pagano, Joseph1996Science
Park, Roy1989Public Service
Park, Roy Jr2006Public Service
Parker, Michael F2006Literature
Parr, Robert1999Science
Patton, Frances Gray1970Literature
Pearson, Henry C1970Fine Arts
Peiser, Mark2009Fine Arts
Pierce, Ovid1969Literature
Pittman, Hobson1968Fine Arts
Poe, Clarence1964Public Service
Powell, William S2000Literature
Preyer, Emily Harris1998Public Service
Preyer, L Richardson1998Public Service
Price, Reynolds1977Literature
Ragan, Sam1979Fine Arts
Rash, Ron2011Literature
Rice, Oscar1966Science
Rivera, Alexander M Jr2008Fine Arts
Rodbell, Martin1998Science
Rooke, Leon1990Literature
Rose, Charlie2007Public Service
Rounds, Glen1981Literature
Royster, Vermont C1968Literature
Rubin, Louis Jr1992Literature
Russell, Charles1968Literature
Sabiston, David Jr1978Science
Saltzman, Marvin1998Fine Arts
Sanders, Charles A2006Science
Sanders, John L1996Public Service
Sanford, Terry1970Public Service
Sayre, Thomas H2012Fine Arts
Scherr, Mary Ann2003Fine Arts
Schmidt-Nielsen, Knut1999Science
Schopler, Eric1993Public Service
Scott, Ralph1981Public Service
Scott, Robert1996Public Service
Semans, James & Mary1971Fine Arts
Shapiro, Alan2014Literature
Shelton, Henry1999Public Service
Simpson, Bland2005Fine Arts
Simpson, Vollis2011Fine Arts
Sloane, Joseph1977Fine Arts
Smith, Arthur2001Fine Arts
Smith, Dean2008Public Service
Smith, Lee1984Literature
Smithies, Oliver1993Science
Spaulding, Elna1997Public Service
Speight, Francis1964Fine Arts
Spencer, Elizabeth1994Literature
Stafford, Darrel2007Science
Stanback, Fred & Alice2008Public Service
Stanford, Charles Jr1969Fine Arts
Stannett, Vivian1981Science
Stephens, Stanley1968Science
Stephenson, Shelby2001Literature
Stem, Thad Jr1974Literature
Sultan, Donald2010Fine Arts
Swalin, Benjamin F1967Fine Arts
Swalin, Maxine1989Public Service
Talley, Banks Jr1995Public Service
Taylor, Billy1993Fine Arts
Taylor, James1998Fine Arts
Thornton, William E2003Science
Thorp, Bo2009Fine Arts
Thurman, Maxwell1992Public Service
Timberlake, Bob1990Fine Arts
Tynes, Harriet1978Public Service
Walker, LeRoy T2004Public Service
Walser, Richard1976Literature
Wani, Mansukh C2005Science
Ward, Robert1975Fine Arts
Watson, Doc1986Fine Arts
Waynick, Capus1971Public Service
Weatherford, Carole Boston2010Literature
Webb, James E1971Public Service
Wellman, Manly Wade1978Literature
Wicker, Tom1981Literature
Wilkerson, Annie Louise2004Science
Williams, Jonathan1977Fine Arts
Williams, William T2006Fine Arts
Wilson, Edwin2002Public Service
Wilson, Emily Herring2006Fine Arts
Winston, Ellen Black1974Public Service
Wolf, Frederick1965Science
Wolfram, Walt2013Public Service
Wood, Ira David III2014Fine Arts
Wyngaarden, James1974Science

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