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Society Awards

Medals, Funds and Prizes

Medals are awarded for significant research contributions to science OR contributions to applied and economic geology OR eminent contributions to any branch of geology OR distinction in the practice of geology (criteria depending on Medal).

Wollaston Medal 60x60

Wollaston Medal

The Wollaston medal is the highest award given by the Society. This medal is normally given to geologists who have had a significant influence by means of a substantial body of excellent research in either or both 'pure' and 'applied' aspects of the science.

The 2016 Wollaston Medal winner is Susan Brantley.  

Lyell Medal

Lyell Medal

The Lyell Medal is regarded very highly by the Society and is not normally awarded on the basis of a few good papers or achievements. In the past, Council has often looked for some breadth as well as depth in the contributions before awarding these Medals. The Lyell Medal is normally given to people who have made a significant contribution to the science by means of a substantial body of research and for contributions to 'soft' rock studies.

The 2016 Lyell Medal winner is John Underhill.

Murchison Medal

Murchison Medal

The Murchison Medal is regarded very highly by the Society and is not normally awarded on the basis of a few good papers or achievements. The Murchison Medal is normally given to people who have made a significant contribution to the science by means of a substantial body of research and for contributions to 'hard' rock studies.

The 2016 Murchison Medal winner is Jon Blundy.

William Smith Medal

William Smith Medal

The William Smith Medal is also regarded very highly by the Society and is not normally awarded on the basis of a few good papers or achievements. The medal is awarded for excellence in contributions to applied and economic aspects of geoscience.

The 2016 William Smith Medal winner is Michael de Freitas.

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The Major John Sacheverell A'Deane Coke and Major Edward D'Ewes Fitzgerald Coke Medals

The Awards will be made to scientists for their contributions to Geology as is the case with the Lyell and Murchison Medals, but in addition recognition may be given to significant service to Geology, for example through administrative, organisational or promotional activities resulting in benefits to the community. Also the field may be extended to include scientists whose training and interests are outside the main fields of Geology, but whose contributions are of great significance to our science.

The 2016 Coke Medal winners are Patience Cowie and Monica Grady.

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The Prestwich Medal

This Medal is awarded every three years to persons ‘who shall have done well for the advancement of the science of geology’.

The 2016 Prestwich Medal winner is Henry Emeleus.

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The Sue Tyler Friedman Medal

This Medal was established in 1987 by the gift of the Northeastern Science Foundation (Inc) of Troy, New York, for distinguished contributions to the recording of the history of geology.

The 2016 Sue Tyler Friedman Medal winner is Richard Howarth.

Bigsby Medal

The Bigsby Medal

Founded by John Jeremiah Bigsby (1792 - 1881), this medal is awarded biennially 'as an acknowledgement of eminent services in any department of Geology, irrespective of the receivers' country; but (s)he must have done no more than 25 years full time equivalent research, thus probably not too old for further work, and not too young to have done much'.

The 2016 Bigsby Medal winner is Liane Benning.

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The Aberconway Medal

This Medal was established in 1992 by a donation from English China Clays Ltd and is awarded biennially. It is normally awarded to persons with no more than 25 years full time equivalent experience and to recognise distinction in the practice of geology with special reference to work in industry.

The Aberconway Medal is not being awarded in 2016. The 2015 winner was Stuart Archer.

The Distinguished Service Award

This Award is made annually to an individual/s who has made a significant contribution to geoscience and the geoscience community by virtue of their professional, administrative, organisational or promotional activities.

The 2016 Distinguished Service Award winners are Catherine Mével and Edmund Nickless.

The R. H. Worth Prize

This Prize is awarded in recognition of meritorious geological research carried out by amateur geologists, or for the encouragement of geological research by amateurs.

The 2016 R. H. Worth Prize winner is Paul Denton.

The Wollaston, Lyell, Murchison and William Smith Funds

The Wollaston, Lyell and Murchison Funds are awarded to contributors to the Earth Sciences on the basis of noteworthy published research. The William Smith Fund is awarded for excellence in contributions to applied and economic aspects of geoscience.

Recipients must be within ten years (full time equivalent) of the award of their first degree in geoscience or a cognate subject.

The 2016 Fund winners are Mitchall D’Arcy (Wollaston Fund), Anja Schmidt (William Smith Fund), Tracy Aze (Lyell Fund) and Craig Magee (Murchison Fund).

The President's Award

These Awards, instituted in 1980 by Professor Perce Allen, are conferred upon geoscientists who are within ten years of their first degree in geoscience or a cognate subject and who have made a notable early contribution to the science.

The 2016 winners are Huw Clarke and Ann Rowan.