Edwin A. Link (Deceased) (1980)
Award Presented at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Edwin A. Link was recognized in 1980 for over 50 years of research, inventing, and exploration that produced over 30 unique patents and created a greater accessibility to explore and study the mysteries of the sky, earth, and sea. One of Link's best-known inventions is the "Link Trainer". During World War II, millions of gallons of fuel were saved by using the Trainer in ground school training flights. He is also credited with the development of the ocean submersible enabling oceanographic and archaeological researchers to explore ocean depths beyond the limits of man's physical tolerance. Link, like the Lindberghs, had a vision of the future that included technological man working in harmony with his natural environment for the ultimate betterment of all life.