Victor A. Prather Award

The Victor A. Prather Award was established to honor this Naval flight surgeon who contributed so much to the understanding of the effects of high altitude environment on humans. He was best known for his high altitude balloon flights and it was in one of these flights that he lost his life. On May 5, 1961, the day of Alan Shepard's first flight, Prather established a new high altitude balloon record of 21 miles with Malcolm Ross. During their recovery operation off the Carrier Antietam in the Atlantic Ocean, Prather fell into the sea from the helicopter platform and was drowned.

In recognition of Victor Prather's efforts to promote understanding of high altitude environment on humans, this award honored researchers, engineers and flight crew members in the field of extravehicular protection or activity in space.

Recipients 1962 - 2013:

  • 2013 - Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos Team
  • 2012 - Jan Stepanek
  • 2011 - Joseph Kosmo
  • 2010 - STS-125 EVA Team
  • 2009 - Joseph A. Ruseckas
  • 2008 - Joseph Kittinger
  • 2007 - Curtis A. Stephenson
  • 2006 - Scott Crossfield (posthumous) and David Clark (posthumous)
  • 2005 - No Award Given
  • 2004 - No Award Given
  • 2003 - No Award Given
  • 2002 - G. Allen Flynt
  • 2001 - No Award Given
  • 2000 - Michael L. Gernhardt
  • 1999 - Jerry L. Ross and James H. Newman
  • 1998 - Guy I. Severin
  • 1997 - Alan M. Rochford
  • 1996 - Willy Z. Sadeh
  • 1995 - Clifford W. Hess, Scott A. Bleisath, Mark Lee
  • 1994 - STS-61 Extravehicular Crew: F. Story Musgrave, Thomas D. Akers, Jeffrey A. Hoffman, and Kathryn C. Thornton
  • 1993 - STS-49 Extravehicular Crew: Thomas D. Akers, Pierre D. Thuot, Richard J. Hieb, and Kathryn C. Thornton
  • 1992 - Kathryn D. Sullivan
  • 1990 - Jerry L. Ross
  • 1989 - No Award Given
  • 1988 - Michael Brzezinski
  • 1987 - Joseph J. Kosmo and Hubert C. Vykukal
  • 1986 - Joseph P. Allen
  • 1985 - James D. van Hoften, William F. Fisher, Jerry L. Ross, and Sherwood C. Spring
  • 1984 - Bruce McCandless II
  • 1983 - No Award Given
  • 1982 - Wilbert E. Ellis and James M. Waligora
  • 1981 - No Award Given
  • 1980 - No Award Given
  • 1979 - Maurice A. Carson and Frederick A. Keune
  • 1978 - James W. McBarron II
  • 1977 - No Award Given
  • 1976 - Larry E. Bell and Robert M. Bernarndin
  • 1975 - David C. Schultz and Harold J. McMann
  • 1974 - Bruce McCandless II and Charles E. Whitsett, Jr.
  • 1973 - Walter Guy and Harley Stutesman, Jr.
  • 1972 - Harold I. Johnson
  • 1971 - Robert E. Breeding and Leonard Shepard
  • 1970 - Robert E. Smylie and Charles Lutz
  • 1969 - Edward L. Hays and James V. Correale
  • 1968 - Fred Forbes
  • 1967 - No Award Given
  • 1966 - No Award Given
  • 1965 - Richard S. Johnston
  • 1964 - No Award Given
  • 1963 - Col. Chuck Yeager
  • 1962 - Malcom Davis Ross