Medals relating to the Georgia Institute of Technology

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Georgia Institute of Technology Medal1972

This medal's obverse bears the seal of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Around, SEAL OF THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY / 1885

The reverse bears a collage of images relating to subjects taught at Georgia Tech. At left, signature of George P. Burdell; signed at bottom, JULIAN H HARRIS

The signature on the reverse refers to George P. Burdell, a fictitious student officially enrolled at Georgia Tech in 1927 as a practical joke. Since then, he has supposedly received all undergraduate degrees offered by Georgia Tech, served in the military, gotten married, and served on Mad magazine's Board of Directors, among other accomplishments. Burdell at one point led the online poll for Time's 2001 Person of the Year award. He has evolved into an important and notorious campus tradition; all Georgia Tech students learn about him at orientation.

The circular medal measures 76.5mm in diameter and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York. No mintage is reported.

References: MACo 1972-079