Rocks in water at night with galaxy sky

Eugene Parker Lecture

Information on the Lecture

The Eugene Parker Lecture is presented two out of every three years to a space scientist who has made significant contributions to the fields of solar and heliospheric science. It is named to honor the life and work of solar astrophysicist Eugene N. Parker, a pioneer in the study of solar wind. The lecture is presented during the AGU Fall Meeting.

The Parker Lecture is also part of the Bowie Lecture Series, established in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, AGU’s highest honor.

Digital illustration of Mercury before sun surface

Lecturer Benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our section honorees. Recipients of the Eugene Parker Lecture will receive the following benefits along with the honor:

  • 1

    Lecture certificate

  • 2

    Recognition in Eos

  • 3

    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 4

    An invitation to present the Parker Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

  • 5

    A complimentary ticket to the Space Physics and Aeronomy section dinner at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

Eligibility

To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and committee members, review AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members.
  • Supports may not be currently or recently associated with the nominee’s institution.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • Eugene Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Nominators are not required to hold an active AGU membership.
  • Thesis/research advisors are eligible nominators.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be nominators for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • Eugene Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

  • Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members.
  • Supports may not be currently or recently associated with the nominee’s institution.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to be supporters for the award during their terms of service:
    • AGU President;
    • AGU President-elect;
    • Council Leadership Team members;
    • Honors and Recognition Committee members;
    • Space Physics and Aeronomy section leadership;
    • Eugene Lecture Committee members; and
    • All full-time AGU staff.

The following relationships need to be identified and communicated to the Award Committee but will not disqualify individuals from participating in the nomination or committee review process. These apply to committee members, nominators, and supporters:

  • Current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee);
  • Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; and/or
  • An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution.

Individuals with the following relationships are disqualified from participating in the award nomination process as a nominator or supporter:

  • Family member, spouse, or partner.
  • A previous graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
  • A former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.

Nomination Package

Named section lectures are not required to follow a nomination cycle process (i.e. with a nomination package). Sections have the flexibility to adopt the process that will best serve their communities in seeking lecture recipients. For nomination requirements, please contact Christina Cohen, Space Physics and Aeronomy section president.

Night view of Earth from above with city lights

Submission process

 

Nominations for the Eugene Parker Lecture are not being accepted during the 2020 AGU award year.

 

If you have questions, please email AGU staff. 

Image or sunrise or sunset taken in Gardiners Bay at the eastern end of Long Island, NY

Past recipients

 

Name

 

 

Year of honor

 

Margaret "Peggy" Ann Shea  2019 

 

David J. McComas

 

 

2018

 

 

Tom Woods

 

 

2016

 

 

Phil Scherrer

 

 

2015

 

 

Nancy Crooker

 

 

2013

 

 

Janet Luhmann

 

 

2012

 

 

Leonard Burlaga

 

 

2009

 

 

Martin Lee

 

 

2008

 

 

Ed Smith

 

 

2007

 

 

J. Randy Jokipii

 

 

2005

 

 

John Gosling

 

 

2004

 

 

Robert Lin

 

 

2002

 

 

Ian Axford

 

 

2000

 

 

Lennard Fisk

 

 

1999

 

 

Marcia Neugebauer

 

 

1997

 

 

John Leibacher

 

 

1996

 

 

Art Hundhausen

 

 

1994

 

 

Edward Stone

 

 

1993

 

 

Joanne Simpson

 

 

1992

 

 

Eugene Parker

 

 

1990

 

Honors Contacts

AGU staff headshot of Robert Rader

Robert Rader

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7418 | [email protected]

Graphic silhouette of a person

Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

AGU Staff Headshot Covington

Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

202-777-7484 | [email protected]