Lasker Award Winners of AAI

Since 1946, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has recognized outstanding contributions to biomedical science. The Lasker Awards, presented in the categories of  “Basic Medical Research,” “Clinical Medical Research,” “Public Service,” and “Special Achievement in Medical Science,” are widely recognized as the highest honors bestowed upon medical scientists by an American organization.

AAI members' accomplishments have been recognized by the Lasker Foundation since the awards were first presented. In all, 50 AAI members have received Lasker Awards, and at least one AAI member has been recognized in each of the four award categories.

 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research

Oswald T. Avery

Oswald T. Avery
AAI '20
1947 Awardee


René J. Dubos

René J. Dubos
AAI '38
1948 Awardee


L. Royal Christensen

L. Royal Christensen
AAI '42
1949 Awardee


William S. Tillett

William S. Tillett
AAI '27
1949 Awardee


Karl F. Meyer

Karl F. Meyer
AAI '22
1951 Awardee


F. Macfarlane Burnet

F. Macfarlane Burnet
AAI '61
1952 Awardee


Michael Heidelberger

Michael Heidelberger
AAI '35
1953 Awardee


John F. Enders

John F. Enders
AAI '36
1954 Awardee


Alfred D. Hershey

Alfred D. Hershey
AAI '42
1958 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award


Albert H. Coons

Albert H. Coons
AAI '50
1959 Awardee


Jules Freund

Jules Freund
AAI '24
1959 Awardee


Frank J. Dixon

Frank J. Dixon
AAI '50
1975 Awardee


Henry G. Kunkel

Henry G. Kunkel
AAI '62
1975 Awardee


Georges J. F. Köhler

Georges J. F. Köhler
AAI '85
1984 Awardee


César Milstein

César Milstein
AAI '79
1984 Awardee


Michael Potter

Michael Potter
AAI '66
1984 Awardee


Leroy E. Hood

Leroy E. Hood
AAI '69
1987 Awardee


Susumu Tonegawa

Susumu Tonegawa
AAI '80
1987 Awardee


Stanley B. Prusiner

Stanley B. Prusiner
AAI '81
1994 Awardee


Peter C. Doherty

Peter C. Doherty
AAI '76
1995 Awardee


Jack L. Strominger

Jack L. Strominger
AAI '75
1995 Awardee


Emil R. Unanue

Emil R. Unanue
AAI '66
1995 Awardee


Don C. Wiley

Don C. Wiley
AAI '00
1995 Awardee


Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Rolf M. Zinkernagel
AAI '76
1995 Awardee


Robert Roeder

Robert Roeder
AAI '00
2003 Awardee


Ralph M. Steinman

Ralph M. Steinman
AAI '75
2007 Awardee


 Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research

Karl O. Landsteiner

Karl O. Landsteiner
AAI '22
1946 Awardee


Philip Levine

Philip Levine
AAI '25
1946 Awardee


Alexander S. Wiener

Alexander S. Wiener
AAI '32
1946 Awardee


Thomas Francis, Jr.

Thomas Francis, Jr.
AAI '30
1947 Awardee


Elise L'Esperance

Elise L'Esperance
AAI '20
1951 Awardee


Jonas E. Salk

Jonas E. Salk
AAI '47
1956 Awardee


John H. Dingle

John H. Dingle
AAI '41
1959 Awardee


Joseph E. Smadel

Joseph E. Smadel
AAI '37
1962 Awardee


Albert B. Sabin

Albert B. Sabin
AAI '46
1965 Awardee


Robert A. Good

Robert A. Good
AAI '57
1970 Awardee


Robert Austrian

Robert Austrian
AAI '60
1978 Awardee


Emil C. Gotschlich

Emil C. Gotschlich
AAI '69
1978 Awardee


Michael Heidelberger

Michael Heidelberger
AAI '35
1978 Awardee


William Pollack

William Pollack
AAI '68
1980 Awardee


Myron Essex

Myron Essex
AAI '74
1986 Awardee


Donald Metcalf

Donald Metcalf
AAI '92
​1993 Awardee


Rachel Schneerson

Rachel Schneerson
AAI '75
1996 Awardee


John B. Robbins

John B. Robbins
AAI '65
​1996 Awardee


Peter C. Nowell

Peter C. Nowell
AAI '73
1998 Awardee


Marc Feldmann

Marc Feldmann
AAI '75
2003 Awardee


James P. Allison

James P. Allison
AAI '78
2015 Awardee


 Lasker Public Service Award

Maurice R. Hilleman

Maurice R. Hilleman
AAI '49
1983 Awardee


Anthony S. Fauci

Anthony S. Fauci
AAI '73
2007 Awardee


 Lasker Special Achievement Award