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Seismic Sensors in Orbit
The Charles A. Whitten Medal is awarded in even-numbered years to a senior scientist in recognition of outstanding achievement in research on the form and dynamics of the Earth and planets. Recipients of this award typically work in the following disciplines: geodesy, nonlinear geophysics, planetary sciences, seismology or tectonophysics.
Charles Whitten was a geodesist with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey who made outstanding contributions to the geodetic sciences, specifically to the research of crustal movements. Whitten formerly served as president of AGU’s Geodesy section (1964–1968) and AGU General Secretary (1968–1974). He was the first recipient of this medal when it was established in 1984.
AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Charles A. Whitten Medal will receive an engraved medal, as well as the following benefits with the honor:
Awardee will be made an AGU conferred Fellow (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow)
Recognition in Eos
Four complimentary hotel nights during AGU’s Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU’s Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
To better understand eligibility for nominators, supporters and Whitten Medal Committee members, review AGU's Honors Conflict of Interest Policy.
Nominees: The nominee should be a senior scientist, but is not required to be an active AGU member. They should be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.
Nominators: Nominators must be active AGU members and in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy. Duplicate nominations for the same individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.
Supporters: Individuals who write letters of support for the nominee are not required to be active AGU members but must be in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy.
Year of honor
David E. Smith
Charles C. Counselman III
John M. Wahr
Byron D. Tapley
Richard I. Walcott
Irwin I. Shapiro
James C. Savage
William M. Kaula
Charles A. Whitten
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