The M. Barry Carlton Award acknowledges what is judged the best paper in the AES Transactions in each calendar year. In 1957, a year after his death in an air accident, M. Barry Carlton's friends established the award as a means to honor a man who had dedicated much of his life to promoting the reliability of communications equipment, especially that relating to air transportation. It is one of the IEEE's oldest awards and supports a wonderful tradition of excellence.
We urge our Transactions readers to participate in the tradition. If you have read a paper that you feel is outstanding (and it doesn't matter whether or not you are acquainted with the authors) please consider nominating it. The procedure is simple: just send a letter or email to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) explaining the rationale for your choice, and arrange (for least) two endorsers who will send in supporting letters. In doing so you will not only show your respect for the authors (and possibly give great help to some deserving careers) but you also honor Mr. Carlton.
Chair of the M. Barry Carlton Award: