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Maurice Ewing medal

Information on the Ewing Medal

The Maurice Ewing Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of significant original contributions to the ocean sciences which includes for the advancement of oceanographic engineering, technology, and instrumentation and/or outstanding service to the marine sciences.

The Ewing Medal is jointly sponsored with the United States Navy and is named in honor of Maurice Ewing, who made significant contributions to deep-sea exploration.

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Award benefits

AGU is proud to recognize our honorees. Recipients of the Maurice Ewing 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
  • 3
    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

Ewing medalists are evaluated based on significant original contributions to the ocean sciences. Their contributions for the advancement of oceanographic engineering, technology, and instrumentation, and/or outstanding service to the marine sciences also considered.

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Nominations are Open!

The nomination cycle for 2020 AGU Union awards, medals, and prizes is now open until 15 March. Nominate a colleague, peer or student today.

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

Maureen E. Raymo

2019 

Nicklas G. Pisias

2018

Donald W. Forsyth

2017

Peter George Brewer

2016

Russ E. Davis

2015

John Andrews Whitehead

2014

Mark Cane

2013

Ellen Thomas

2012

Joseph Pedlosky

2011

William J. Jenkins

2010

Thomas Rossby

2009

Miriam Kastner

2008

Marcia Kemper McNutt

2007

G. Michael Purdy

2006

Francois M. M. Morel

2005

Bruce A. Warren

2004

Gerard C. Bond

2003

Nicholas Shackleton

2002

Richard G. Fairbanks

2001

Joseph L. Reid

2000

Arnold L. Gordon

1999

Richard P. Von Herzen

1998

Karl K. Turekian

1997

Walter C. Pitman III

1996

Jean-Guy Schilling

1995

John A. Orcutt

1994

Kirk Bryan

1993

Charles S. Co

1992

Charles David Keeling

1991

Carl I. Wunsch

1990

Klaus Wyrtki

1989

Wolfgang H. Berger

1988

William Jason Morgan

1987

John Imbrie

1986

Kenneth O. Emery

1985

Xavier Le Pichon

1984

Fred Noel Spiess

1983

John I. Ewing

1982

Manik Talwani

1981

J. Tuzo Wilson

1980

Wallace Smith Broecker

1979

Edward Bullard

1978

Henry Stommel

1977

Walter H. Munk

1976

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]