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The William Smith Medal

William Smith MedalThe William Smith, Lyell and Murchison Medals are of equal status. The Society regards them very highly and they are 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 William Smith Medal is awarded for excellence in contributions to applied and economic aspects of geoscience. Candidates must have initiated significant contributions, which will normally take the form of published papers and verifiable achievements in the application of geoscience, although in view of the confidential nature of the work in the case of some candidates, other criteria may be used as the basis of the award.


Contact the Awards Secretary

Stephanie Jones

Email: stephanie.jones@

Geological Society of London
Burlington House