Captain P.V.H. Weems Award

Sponsored by The Institute of Navigation


In recognition of continuing contributions to the art and science of navigation.


Given in memory of Captain Philip Van Horn Weems, U.S. Navy, a principal co-founder of The Institute of Navigation and an outstanding navigator and inventor whose methods and inventions had a major influence on both the U.S. Air Force and Navy. He is attributed with having patented the first method of performing navigation in space.


Individuals making continuing contributions to the advancement of navigation over a period of years.


Nominations for this award may be submitted by anyone, but all nominations must be in conformance with ION nomination standards. Recipients need not be members. Those received in correct form by October 15 will be considered.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations can be submitted online, by fax to 703-366-2724, by email to or by mail to:

Chair, Awards Selection Committee
The Institute of Navigation
8551 Rixlew Ln., Suite 360
Manassas, VA 20109


Nominations must be received by October 15. Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.


The presentation of this award is a highlight of the ION International Technical Meeting.

Previous Recipients

1999: Mr. Mortimer Rogoff
1998: Capt. A N Cockcroft
1997: Prof. Brian O'Keeffe
1996: Elrey B. Jeppesen
1995: Thomas A. Stansell
1994: Joseph N. Portney
1993: Dr. R. Grover Brown
1992: Chester B. Watts
1991: Ronald L. Ringo
1990: Paul J. Logus
1989: Maj. William L. Polhemus
1988: Joseph J. F. Liu
1987: Dr. Robert Goodstein
1986: H. Ray Lahr
1985: Dr. J. Frank Jordan
1984: Thomas A. King
1983: Fred B. Newton, Jr.
1982: William S. Arnott
1981: Edwin A. Link (posthumous)