This award is named for one of IIE’s earliest and most illustrious alumni, Dr. Fritz Redlich, a native of Vienna who studied medicine at the University of Iowa on an IIE grant in 1930. Returning to Europe and facing imminent danger as Hitler rose to power, Redlich was only able to gain safe passage back to America through the support of his advisor in the U.S. from the time of his IIE experience and the affidavit he provided. Redlich subsequently chaired Yale’s Department of Psychiatry, served as Dean of their Medical School, and had a distinguished academic career.
In 2002, the inaugural Redlich Award was given to Dr. Ruth Gruber, a famed journalist, humanitarian, and author perhaps best known for her rescue of 1,000 World War II refugees in a secret convoy across the Atlantic to America. Heralded as the world’s youngest Ph.D. when she returned from Germany in 1932, Ruth earned her doctorate and launched her extraordinary career as an IIE grantee.
2003: Lukas Foss, Fulbright Alumnus, Composer and Conductor
2004: Hanna Holborn Gray, Fulbright Alumnae, President Emeritus of University of Chicago
2005: Jefferson Chen Lanjie (China), Jane Lee (U.S.), Joshua Reeves (U.S.) and Matthew Szeto Ka Tsun (Hong Kong) Class of 2003 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program Alumni, Founders of Technology Education Connecting Cultures (TECC)
2006: Edward R. Murrow, IIE Employee and Trustee, Broadcaster (accepted by his son, Casey Murrow)
2007: Renee Fleming, Fulbright Alumnae, Soprano
2009: Lorin Maazel, Fulbright Alumnus, Conductor
2010: Chuck Close, Fulbright Alumnus, Artist
2011: Dale Chihuly, Fulbright Alumnus, Artist
2012: John Atta Mills, Fulbright Alumnus, President of Ghana (accepted by his wife, Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills)