Distinctions

The list of distinctions is long and impressive, bearing witness to the footsteps left by Thor Heyerdahl and his work.

Academic and Honorary degrees

  • Retzius Medal Royal Swedish Soc. for Anthrop. And Geogr. 1950;
  • Mungo Park Medal Royal Scottish Soc. for Geogr. 1951;
  • Bonaparte-Wyse Gold Medal Société de Geogr. de Paris 1951;
  • Elish Kent Kane Gold Medal Geogr. Soc. of Philadelphia 1952;
  • Hon. Member Geogr. Soc. Norway 1953, Peru 1953, Brazil 1954.
  • Elected Member Norwegian Academy of Sciences, 1958;
  • Fellow New York Academy of Science, 1960.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa Oslo University, 1961;
  • Vega Gold Medal Swedish Soc. for Anthrop. And Geogr., 1962;
  • Lomonosov Medal Moscow University, 1962;
  • Royal Geographical Society Gold Medal London, 1964;
  • Member American Anthrop. Assoc. 1966;
  • Kiril i Metodi Award Geog. Soc. Bulgaria, 1972;
  • Hon. Prof. Inst. Politec. Univ. Nacional, Mexico 1972;
  • Internat. Pahlavi Environment Prize, United Nations 1978;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa USSR Academy of Science 1980;
  • Bradford Washburn Award, Boston Mus. of Sience, USA, 1982;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa Univ. San Martin, Lima, 1991;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa Univ. of Havana, 1992;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa Univ. of Kiev, Ukraine, 1993;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa Univ. of Maine, USA, 1998;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa Univ. of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, 1998;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa Latvian Academy of Sciences, 1998;
  • International Prize of the Spanish Geographical Society 1998;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, 1999.


National Decorations

  • Commander of the Order of St . Olav, Norway 1951, and with Star in 1970;
  • Officer of El Orden por Méritos Distinguidos, Peru, 1953;
  • Grand Officer Orden Al Mérito della Republica Italiana, 1968;
  • Commander American Knights of Malta,1970;
  • Order of Merit, Egypt,1971;
  • Grand Officer Royal Alaouites Order, Morocco, 1971;
  • Order of Golden Ark, Netherland, 1980;
  • Officer La Orden El Sol del Perú, 1975.