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A Directory of Selected Awards and Medals For the Geosciences

A Directory of Selected Awards and Medals for the Geosciences



Association of American State Geologists

Compiled by:

Donald C. Haney

Honorary Member

Association of American State Geologists

Revised and Updated February 7, 2012 by:

John H. Talley

Honorary Member

Association of American State Geologists


Numerous geoscientists are recognized each year for their contributions to the profession of geology and related sciences. Unfortunately, many in our profession are not aware of the opportunities for recognition for our colleagues; consequently, many deserving people are overlooked for the recognition they deserve. The purpose of this directory is to provide AASG members and their colleagues in various state geological surveys a quick and easy reference for awards and medals for which state geological survey employees can compete. It is important that people be nominated for various awards and medals, because if they are not nominated, it is certain they will not be recognized.

Additional information pertaining to awards and medals such as nominating guidelines, nominating processes, and nomination dates can be obtained by contacting the respective organizations who are responsible for specific awards and medals or by visiting their respective web sites.

Awards and Medals in Geoscience

William Bowie Medal

The American Geophysical Union established this award in 1939 to recognize outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research. The first medal was presented in 1939 to William Bowie. It is presented annually at a national meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The recipient's name is published in Eos. The listing of past recipients is published in the AGU Handbook, a supplement to Eos that is published in even-numbered years. The award consists of a medal.

Awarding Body: American Geophysical Union

Past Recipients: 1939-William Bowie; 1940-Arthur Louis Day; 1941-John Adam Fleming; 1942- Nicholas Hunter Heck; 1943-Oscar Edward Meinzer; 1944-Henry Bryant Bigelow; 1945-Jacob Aall Bennevie Bjerknes; 1946-Reginald Aldworth Daly; 1947 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz; 1948-James Bernard Macelwane; 1949-Walter Davis Lambert; 1950-Leason Heberling Adams; 1951-Harald Ulrik Sverdrup; 1952-Harold Jeffreys; 1953-Beno Gutenberg; 1954-Richard Montgomery Field; 1955-Walter Hermann Bucher; 1956-Weikko Aleksanteri Heiskanen; 1957-William Maurice Ewing; 1958-Johannes Theodoor Thijsse; 1959-Walter M. Elsasser; 1960-Francis Birch; 1961-Keith Edward Bullen; 1962-Sidney Chapman; 1963-Merle Antony Tuve; 1964-Julius Bartels; 1965-Hugo Benioff; 1966-Louis B. Slichter; 1967-Lloyd V. Berkner; 1968-Roger Revelle; 1969-Walter B. Langbein; 1970-Bernhard Haurwitz; 1971-Inge Lehmann; 1972-Carl Eckart; 1973-George P. Woollard; 1974-A. E. Ringwood; 1975-Edward Bullard; 1976-Jule G. Chamey; 1977-James A. Van Allen; 1978-Helmut E. Landsberg; 1979-Frank Press; 1980-Charles A. Whitten; 1981-Herbert Friedman; 1982-Henry M. Stommel; 1983-Syuniti Akimoto; 1984-Marcel Nicolet; 1985-H. William Menard; 1986-James C.I. Dooge; 1987-Robert N. Clayton; 1988-Hannes Alfven; 1989-Walter H. Munk; 1990-Eugene N. Parker; 1991-Don L. Anderson; 1992-Alfred O.C. Nier; 1993-Irwin I. Shapiro; 1994-Peter S. Eagleson; 1995-Claude Allegre; 1996-Eugene Shoemaker; 1997-Raymond Hide; 1998-Richmond M. Goody; 1999-J. Freeman Gilbert; 2000-John A. Simpson; 2001-Dan McKenzie; 2002-Adam M. Dziewonski; 2003-Donald L. Turcotte; 2004-Keiiti Aki; 2005-Johannes Geiss; 2006- Carl Wunsch; 2007-Susan Solomon; 2008-Gerald J. Wasserburg; 2009-Ignacio Rodriquez-Iturbe; 2010-Syukuro Manabe; 2011-Louis J. Lanzerotti.

Biographical Sketch: William Bowie was born May 6, 1872, in Grassland, Md. He attended St. John College in Maryland and completed his B.S. at Trinity College in Connecticut in 1893. In 1895, he received a degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University. His lifelong association with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey began in July 1895. He received an M.A. in 1907 from Trinity College. In 1909, he became the chief of the division of geodesy of the Coast and Geodetic Survey. The three main accomplishments of his career were all related to his work with the Coast and Geodetic Survey. The first was his contribution to the rigid control of the triangulation and leveling nets. He was largely instrumental in the adoption of the North American datum by all the countries of North America. His second contribution was in his never-ceasing insistence

on an adequate mapping program for the United States. His work led to the creation in 1919 of the Federal Board of Surveys and Maps and the division of surveys and mapping of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1926. His third contribution was perhaps the most striking-his investigations of the theory of isostasy and its application to problems of geological structure. His research dates from 1912 and resulted in the publication of his book, Isostasy, in 1927. During his career, he wrote nearly 400 articles and papers. Upon his retirement from the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1936 he continued his work, especially in the furthering of the mapping program. In 1939, he became the executive secretary of the Society of American Military Engineers and editor of its journal, The Military Engineer. He received numerous honors and was active in many organizations. In 1939, he was honored by the American Geophysical Union with the establishment of the William Bowie Medal. He died in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1940.

Nominations should include necessary documentation of candidates' qualifications and submitted by March 15 to:

American Geophysical Union Honors Committee

2000 Florida Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20009-1277

Gilbert H. Cady Award

The Coal Geology Division of the Geological Society of America established this award in 1971 to honor contributions that advance the field of coal geology in North America. It was first presented in 1973 to James M. Schopf. It is presented biennially. The name of the recipient is announced in the annual meeting issue of the GSA Abstracts with Programs and in an issue of GSA Today. The award consists of an embossed certificate and a silver tray.

Awarding Body: Geological Society of America, Coal Geology Division

Past Recipients: 1973-James M. Schopf; 1975-Jack A. Simon; 1977-William Spackman Jr.; 1981-Clayton G. Ball; 1983-Paul Averitt; 1985-Gordon H. Wood Jr.; 1986-no award; 1987-Aureal T. Cross; 1988-Ralph J. Gray; 1989-Robert M. Kosanke; 1990-no award; 1991-John C. Ferm; 1992-Tom L. Phillips; 1993-Marlies Teichmuller; 1994-Harold J. "Hal" Gluskoter; 1995-Richard R. Thompson and Louis G. (Lou) Benedict; 1996-Frank E. Kottlowski; 1997-Alexander R. Cameron; 1998-no award; 1999-Alan Davis; 2000-Russell Dutcher; 2001-Jack Crelling; 2002-Ronald W. Stanton; 2003-Romeo M. Flores; 2004-Robert B. Finkelman; 2005-Arthur D. Cohen; 2006-James C. Hower; 2007-Andrew Cunningham Scott; 2008-Maria Mastelerz; 2009-R. Marc Bustin; 2010-Colin R. Ward; 2011-William A. DiMichele.

Biographical Sketch: Gilbert Haven Cady was born December 18, 1882, in Chicago, IL. He attended Lewis Institute in Chicago. He received his A.B. from Northwestern University in 1905, with majors in geology and English, and his M.S. in geology in 1911. From 1905 to 1907, he was professor of English at Southwestern University and from 1908 to 1909 he taught chemistry and geology there. He joined the Illinois Geological Survey in 1906, worked as a full-time staff member, and served until 1919. In 1917, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. In 1919 and 1920, he was a consultant for the New York Orient Mines Company in the Ming Kwang mining area in China. From 1920 to 1926, he was professor and head of the department of geology at the University of Arkansas. During this time, he continued a part-time affiliation with the Illinois Geological Survey. In 1926, he returned to work full-time at the Illinois Geological Survey as senior geologist and head of the coal division. He was responsible for initiating a variety of research programs related to coal geology. Research on the use of spores for correlation of coal seams was started at his instigation in the early 1930's. He was one of the first in this country to sponsor the Rosiwal analysis procedure for polished surface sections of broken coal. In the days before the existence of an acknowledged standard of coal classification, he was active as a member of the committees of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers to establish a satisfactory classification that could be accepted by both science and industry. He also pioneered in the use of geophysical logs from oil wells for mapping the structure of coals. In 1951, he retired from the Illinois Geological Survey as emeritus geologist. It was after his official retirement that coal petrology claimed most of his attention. He was an American representative to the International Committee for Coal Petrology from its establishment in 1951. In 1963, during meetings of the International Congress for Carboniferous Stratigraphy and Geology in Paris, France, the committee awarded him the Reinhardt Thiessen Medal for outstanding contributions in coal petrology. He was a member of numerous organizations. He served as president of the Society of Economic Geologists from 1957 to 1958. He was a principal organizer of the Coal Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. In 1968, he received the Penrose Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists. He died on December 25, 1970.


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