Frank Joseph Malina (October 2, 1912 – November 9, 1981) was an American aeronautical engineer and painter, especially known for becoming both a pioneer in the art world and the realm of scientific engineering. Frank J. Malina also was an active volunteer of the International Astronautical Federation. He was a long serving SEOC member and SEOC Chair.
Since 1986, the Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal is presented annually to an educator who has demonstrated excellence in taking the fullest advantage of the resources available to them to promote the study of astronautics and related space sciences. Any IAF member organisations in good standing may nominate candidates for the Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal. Only one nomination per organisation will be accepted each year. Every year during the IAF Spring Meetings in Paris, the IAF Malina Medal Subcommittee reviews the nominations and select the recipient.
The committee receives many high quality applications each year. Acknowledging that a lot of effort goes into the preparation of these nominations, the nomination will stay current for a period of 3 years from submission. Nominees have the opportunity to update the application annually in accordance with the publicised deadlines
The Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal recipient is honoured during the International Astronautical Congress’ (IAC) closing ceremony. The award consists of an engraved commemorative medal and a certificate of citation. The Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal recipient is also invited to participate in the Gala Dinner of the IAC. For further information about this programme, please contact the IAF Secretariat at award [at] iafastro.org
Bénédicte Escudier received the 2016 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from IAF President, Jean-Yves Le Gall at the IAC Closing Ceremony in Guadalajara, Mexico.
John Logsdon received the 2013 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from IAF President Kiyoshi Higuchi at the IAC Closing Ceremony in Beijing, China. More pictures