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john adam fleming medal

Information on the Fleming Medal

The John Adam Fleming Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and/or related sciences.

Established in 1960, the Fleming Medal is named in honor of John Adam Fleming, who made important contributions to the establishment of magnetic standards and measurements. Fleming served as AGU officer in a number of positions, including: secretary of the Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity section (1920–1929), Union General Secretary (1925–1947), and honorary president (1947–1956).

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the John Adam Fleming Medal will receive an engraved medal, as well as the following benefits with the honor:

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    Awardee will be made an AGU Fellow (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow)
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    Recognition in Eos
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    Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 4
    Four complimentary hotel nights at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • 5
    Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Eligibility

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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Nomination package

Your nomination package must contain all of the following files, which should be no more than two pages in length per document. For detailed information on the requirements, review the Union Awards, Medals and Prizes Frequently Asked Questions.

  • A nomination letter with one-sentence citation (150 characters or less). Letterhead stationery is preferred. Nominator’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter.
  • A curriculum vitae for the nominee. Include the candidate’s name, address and email, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  • A selected bibliography stating the total number, the types of publications and the number published by AGU.
  • Three letters of support not including the nomination letter. Letterhead is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

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Criteria

Nominees are awarded based on criteria around excellence, impact and leadership during their career. Nominators should address the following:

  • Scientific excellence: Explain why the candidate’s published work over his/her career meets the Fleming Medal criterion of outstanding science: “original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and/or related sciences.”
  • Impact: Provide evidence that the candidate’s work has had a significant impact on his/her field, in terms of original ideas, methods, and/or new observations. The nature of these contributions should be explained in ways that can be understood by those outside the specific research discipline.
  • Broader considerations: Identify who has benefitted from the candidate’s work, and describe service to his/her discipline, particularly as it pertains to the mission of the AGU.
  • Reputation and leadership: Characterize the nominee’s international standing in his/her discipline.
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Submissions

The 2020 Nominations for all AGU honors will open on Tuesday 15 October 2019. Check back soon to submit a nomination!

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Michelle F. Thomsen

2019

Forrest S. Mozer

2018

Mary K. Hudson

2017

Robert Coe

2016

Andrew F. Nagy

2015

Gary Glatzmaier

2014

Spiro Antiochos

2013

Mike Fuller

2012

Alan Title

2011

James L. Burch

2010

Bruce T. Tsurutani

2009

Robert L. Parker

2008

Janet G. Luhmann

2007

Subir K. Banerjee

2006

Margaret Kivelson

2005

David Gubbins

2004

Christopher T. Russell

2003

Ronald T. Merrill

2002

Martin A. Uman

2001

John T. Gosling

2000

Paul H. Roberts

1999

Donald M. Hunten

1998

Jean-Louis LeMouel

1997

Neil Opdyke

1996

Alexander Dalgarno

1995

John A. Jacobs

1994

Alexander J. Dessler

1993

Stanislav I. Braginsky

1992

James W. Dungey

1991

Kenneth M. Creer

1990

Donald A. Gurnett

1989

Michael W. McElhinny

1988

David R. Bates

1987

George E. Backus

1986

William B. Hanson

1985

S. Keith Runcorn

1983

Thomas M. Donahue

1981

Syun-Ichi Akasofu

1979

Francis S. Johnson

1977

Carl E. McIlwain

1975

Victor Vacquier

1973

William Ian Axford

1972

Walter M. Elsasser

1971

Joseph Kaplan

1970

Allan Verne Cox

1969

Eugene N. Parker

1968

Ernest Henry Vestine

1967

Scott E. Forbush

1966

Norman F. Ness

1965

Edward O. Hulburt

1964

James A. Van Allen

1963

Lloyd V. Berkner

1962

Honors Contacts

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Robert Rader

Director, Engagement and Membership

202-777-7418 | [email protected]

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Leah Bland

Program Manager, Honors

202-777-7389 | [email protected]

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Antonio Covington

Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures

202-777-7484 | [email protected]