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2020 winners of Society awards

2 March 2020

The Geological Society is pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 medals, funds and awards. The 17 individuals are being honoured for their contributions to the geosciences and the geoscience profession. The winners will receive their awards at our President’s Day on 4 June.


Wollaston Medal
Prof Barbara Romanowicz, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and University of California, Berkeley

Lyell Medal
Prof Rachel Wood, University of Edinburgh

Murchison Medal
Prof Katharine Cashman, University of Bristol

William Smith Medal
Dr Alastair Ruffell, Queen's University Belfast

Prestwich Medal
Dr Kristján Saemundsson, Iceland

Dewey Medal
Prof Alastair Robertson, University of Edinburgh

Sue Tyler Friedman Medal
Prof Sandra Herbert, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Coke Medal
Prof Richard Davies, Newcastle University
Prof Lisa McNeill, University of Southampton

Distinguished Service Award
Dr Bill Gaskarth, UK

Bigsby Medal
Prof Bridget Wade, University College London


Wollaston Fund
Dr Andrew Newton, Queen's University Belfast

Lyell Fund
Dr Thomas Wong Hearing, University of Ghent

Murchison Fund
Dr Alexander Dunhill, University of Leeds

William Smith Fund
Ms Emma Jude, BP

President’s Award
Dr Tim Gregory
Dr Thomas Phillips

Notes for editors

  1. GSL’s medals are offered to individuals who have made significant advances to scientific understanding in one or more areas of the Earth sciences or have showed tremendous dedication to the advancement of the profession or broader geoscience community.
  2. GSL’s funds recognise early career scientists who have made notable contributions to their field.
  3. The President’s Awards recognise promising students and early career scientists.
  4. The Geological Society of London, founded 1807, is a learned and professional body of over 12,000 Earth scientists with a remit to investigate, interpret, discuss, inform and advise on the nature and processes of the Earth, their practical importance to humanity, and, in the interests of the public, to promote professional excellence. Registered Charity No. 210161.