Borelli Award

BorelliThe Borelli Award, the most prestigious honor given by the ASB, recognizes outstanding career accomplishment and is awarded annually to an investigator who has conducted exemplary research in any area of biomechanics. The award is named after Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679). Borelli, a mid-17th century Professor of Mathematics from Naples, Italy, is considered to be the father of modern biomechanics. Borelli's novel contribution, the treatise “On the Movement of Animals” (Translated by Paul Maquet and published by Springer-Verlag), puts forth numerous propositions on the movements and displacements of the limbs of man and animals.

The Borelli Award selection is based on originality, quality and depth of the research and the relevance of this work to the field of biomechanics. The awardee must attend the Annual Meeting of the ASB in order to receive the award and to deliver the Borelli lecture. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1,500.


  • The Borelli Award is open to all current ASB members, but excluding current ASB officers and members of the Borelli and Hay Awards Committees.


  • Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Candidates should be established scientists whose work incorporates biomechanics in any scientific field.

Submission Material

  • Letter of nomination (7 hard copies or Word document or PDF)
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae (Word document or PDF)
  • Five publications on a single topic or theme (PDF)

Submission Instructions

  • Applications should be submitted electronically to the ASB Past-President (refer to the Executive Board).
  • All material must be submitted by the deadline shown on the Awards page.

Past Award Winners

2012 Carlo DeLuca Neural Control of Force: a Biomechanistic Perspective
2011 Scott Delp Illuminating Muscle Function
2010 Farshid Guilak The Role of Biomechanics in the Health, Degeneration,
and Repair of the Synovial Joint
2009 James Ashton-Miller Lessons learned on using biomechanics to prevent selected unintentional injuries
2008 David Burr Why Bones Bend but Don't Break: What Cement Lines, Floyd Landis and Laundry Detergent Have in Common
2007 Rick Lieber Lessons in Skeletal Muscle Design and Plasticity
2006 Walter Herzog Of Myosins, Muscles, and Mechanics of Contraction
Kai-Nan An

The Evolving Journey Of Tendon And Joint Mechanics - Clinical Impacts From Humble Concepts

Tom Andriacchi
Bridging Disciplines to Understand Osteoarthritis
R. McNeil Alexander Muscle and Tendon Function in Athletes and Animals
Mimi Koehl

Smelling with Hairy Little Noses: The Physical Design of Olfactory Antennae

Felix Zajac
Understanding muscle coordination of the human leg with dynamic simulations
Clinton Rubin
Searching for Wolff’s Law: Do Specific Mechanical Signals Influence Bone Adaptation?
Don Chaffin
Occupational Biomechanics---Past and Future
Malcolm Pope
Oetiology of Low Back Pain Due to Whole Body Vibration
Manohar Panjabi
New Findings About the Mechanism of Whiplash Injur
Albert Schultz
Some Movements Of Older Animals.- What Leads to Age and Gender Differences in Balance Maintenance and Recovery?
Wilson C. Hayes
An Update on the Movement of Animals: Falls Among Elderly Humans
Peter R. Cavanagh
Rings in the Well: Adventures in the Study of Human Locomotion
Savio L-Y Woo
Knee Ligaments: Twenty Years & I Hardly Know You
Y.C. Fung
On the Pleasure of Biomechanics
Van C. Mow
Reminiscences of a Middle-Age Biomechanician
Rik Huiskes
Optimization Models for Bone Remodeling and Hip-Prosthetic Design
Maury L. Hull
Progress Towards the Prevention of Knee Injuries in Alpine Skiing Accidents
Krishnan Chandran
Flow Dynamics Past Artificial Heart Valves
Alan Grodzinsky
Cartilage and Connective Tissue Electromechanics
M.R. Yeadon
The Biomechanics of Twisting Somersaults
A.E. Engin
Some Aspects of Head Injury, Modeling-Early Developments
Tom Brown
Some Aspects of the Biomechanics of Femoral Head Osteonecrosis



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