Prizes Awarded by the American Geophysical Union

This list is a subset of prizes awarded by the AGU and its various divisions for which people in our department might be eligible. These awards are described in more detail on the AGU Web Pages. We have listed awardees that would be familiar to some members of the department.

AGU Awards

  • William Bowie Medal -- annual; Acknowledges an individual for outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research. Herb Friedman, Hannes Alfven, Gene Parker, Don Andersen, Irwin Shapiro, Gene Shoemaker, Richard Goody, and John Simpson (and also UM's own Helmut Landsbergh)
  • James B. Macelwane Medal -- annual; Age <36.; This medal recognizes significant contributions to the geophysical sciences. John Lewis, Ron Prinn, Lawrence Grossman, David Sibeck, Steve Fuselier, Jonathan Lunine.
  • John Adam Fleming Medal -- annual; This medal recognizes original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, and related sciences. Gene Parker, Tom Donahue, Alex Dessler, Alex Dalgarno, Don Hunten
  • Harry H. Hess Medal -- annual; Honors outstanding achievements in research of the constitution and evolution of Earth and sister planets. Gerry Wasserburg, Al Cameron, George Wetherill, Ed Anders, Tom Ahrens, Dave Stevenson
  • Charles A. Whitten Medal -- biennial; Recognizes outstanding achievement in research on the form and dynamics of the Earth and planets. Bill Kaula, Irwin Shapiro, and Gordon Pettengill.

Planetary Sciences Section

  • Whipple Award. Presented to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to the field of planetary science. Fred Whipple, Gene Shoemaker, Dave Stevenson, Gordon Pettengill, and John Adams (complete list since award created)