For me, archaeology is not a just a job. It combines everything that I could want - imagination, intellect, action, and adventure.

— Zahi Hawass

Awards received by Zahi Hawass

Honorary Doctorate from the New University of Lisbon in Portugal

2011 - Dr. Hawass received was awarded an honorary doctorate from the New University of Lisbon in recognition of his scholarly contributions to the field of Egyptology and archaeology.

Personality of the Year Award from La Asociación Plataforma Para Fomento de los Oficios Artisticos (APFOA) 

2010 - Dr. Hawass was given this award in recognition for his contributions to Egyptology, particularly his major discoveries and restoration projects.

Appointed as an Actual Member of the Austrian Archaeological Institute

2010 - Invited to become an Actual Member of the Austrian Archaeological Institute for his association with the Institute's research.

Austrian Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver with Star

2010 - Dr. Hawass received this decoration in honor of his contributions to Egyptology and his longtime cooperation with the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Cairo.

Cape Breton University/Canadian International College Special Award

2010 - Dr. Hawass was honored with a special award from CBU/CIC for his service as a role model of success in the field of Egyptology.

Honorary Doctorate from the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

2010- Dr. Hawass was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in recognition of his efforts to preserve Egypt's cultural heritage. 

Honorary Doctorate from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic

2009- Dr. Hawass was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo in recognition of his efforts to preserve and protect Egypt's cultural heritage, as well as his achievements in the field of archaeology.

Honorary Doctorate from Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University in Bangkok, Thailand 

2009 - Dr. Hawass was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University, Thailand in recognition of his contributions to the field of Egyptology over his career.

Medal of the Spanish Order of Arts and Culture

2009 - Dr. Hawass was presented with this honor by H.E. Cesar Antonio Molina, Spanish Minister of Culture, in recognition of his contributions to world culture and his warm relationship with Spain.

Goodwill Ambassador to Japan

2008  - Dr. Hawass was designated a Goodwill Ambassador to Japan by the Egyptian and Japanese ministries of foreign affairs.

World Tourism Award 

2008 - Dr. Hawass was honored with a World Tourism Award in recognition of his dynamic and committed leadership in developing and implementing innovative plans for the management and protection of Egypt's cultural heritage. 

Golden Medal of the Royal Bagpipe Band of the Province of Ourense, Spain

2008 - Dr. Hawass was presented with this honor in recognition of his tireless work to promote and protect Egypt's cultural and archaeological heritage. Previous recipients of this award include Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, along with His Holiness Pope John Paul II. 

Commander, Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy

2008 - Dr. Hawass was awarded the rank of Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. This honor is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions to literature, the economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities. 

Officer, Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic

2007 - The French Republic honored Dr. Hawass with the grade of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters. The Order was created in 1957 to recognize persons distinguished by their contributions to arts and letters in France and in the world. Dr. Hawass joins a select group of international recipients of this honor, including William Faulkner and Ella Fitzgerald, among other luminaries.

Paestum Archaeology Award

2006 - The Borsa Mediterranea del Turismo Archaeologico and the Tourist Office of the Province of Salerno, Italy presented Dr. Hawass with this award, which honors achievement in archaeology, the promotion of Mediterranean cooperation, and the promotion of cultural heritage.

Emmy Award

2006 - Dr. Hawass was honored by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy award for his performance in a documentary. He is the first Egyptian ever to receive this prestigious award.  

Featured in an Exhibition on Archaeology at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

2006 - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis featured Dr. Hawass in an exhibition to teach children about archaeology.

One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2005

2006 - Time Magazine chose Dr. Hawass as one of the world's 100 most influential figures of the year 2005. 

Chosen as a Speaker for the "Adventures of the Mind" Program

2005 - Dr. Hawass was one of 30 famous intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winners, who were invited to lecture to 150 outstanding American high school students at Stanford University.

Honorary Doctorate, The American University in Cairo

2005 - Dr. Hawass was awarded an honorary doctorate by the American University in Cairo. You can read his acceptance speech to that year's graduating class here.

Name Inscribed on CD for the Mars Rover Mission

2002 - Dr. Hawass' name was inscribed on a CD sent up with the 2003 Mars Rover Mission.

"Egyptian Pioneer Award," Spanish Egyptological Society

2002 - Dr. Hawass was honored by the Spanish Egyptological Society as one of the five "Egyptian Pioneers," along with Naguib Mahfouz, Omar Sherif, Umm Kalthoum, and Ahmed Zuweil.

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society

2001 - Dr. Hawass was selected by the National Geographic Society as an Explorer-in-Residence in recognition of his status as one of the world's outstanding scientists and explorers. 

Honored by Mansoura University

2001 - Dr. Hawass joined Umm Kalthoum, Omar Sherif, Ahmed Zuweil, and Naguib Mahfouz as one of the distinguished Egyptians who have been honored by Mansoura University.

Silver Medal, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences

2001 - The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences honored Dr. Hawass with a silver medal and membership in the Academy.

“Distinguished Scholar of the Year” Award, The Association of Egyptian-American Scholars

2000 - The Association of Egyptian-American Scholars presented a crystal obelisk to Dr. Zahi Hawass in recognition of his efforts in archaeology, including his excavations and publications. A reception at the Diplomatic Club of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held in celebration of the occasion.

Mellon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2000 - Dr. Hawass was selected for a Mellon Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania.

Golden Plate Award from the  American Academy for Achievement

2000 - The American Academy for Achievement presented Dr. Hawass with the Golden Plate Award, which honors individuals of outstanding achievement as "representatives of the many who excel" in their fields. 

First-Class Award in the Arts and Sciences

1998 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak presented Dr. Hawass with this award, one of the most prestigious in Egypt, in recognition of his efforts to restore the Great Sphinx at Giza. 

"Pride of Egypt" Award

1998 - Dr. Hawass was presented with the "Pride of Egypt" award by members of the foreign press in Egypt in recognition of his achievements in archaeology. 

Fulbright Fellowship

1980 - Zahi Hawass was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his doctorate in 1987.