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William Bowie Medal

Information on the Bowie Medal

AGU’s highest honor, the William Bowie Medal, is given annually to one honoree in recognition of outstanding contributions to fundamental Earth and space science and for unselfish cooperation in research. Unselfish cooperation is considered volunteer activity above and beyond any job requirements.

The medal was established in 1939 in honor of William Bowie for his spirit of helpfulness and friendliness in unselfish cooperative research. In addition to serving as the first president of AGU (1920–1922), Bowie was also the first recipient of this medal.

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Award benefits

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

  • 1
    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)
  • 2
    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.

  • 1

    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.

  • 2

    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.

  • 3

    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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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

Barbara A. Romanowicz

2019

Daniel N. Baker

2018

 

Not awarded by the AGU Board

 

2017

 

Stanley Robert Hart

 

2016

 

Wilfried H. Brutsaert

 

2015

 

Hiroo Kanamori

 

2014

 

Raymond Roble

 

2013

 

Anny Cazenave

 

2012

 

Louis J. Lanzerotti

 

2011

 

Syukuro Manabe

 

2010

 

Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe

 

2009

 

Gerald J. Wasserburg

 

2008

 

Susan Solomon

 

2007

 

Carl Wunsch

 

2006

 

Johannes Geiss

 

2005

 

Keiiti Aki

 

2004

 

Donald L. Turcotte

 

2003

 

Adam M. Dziewonski

 

2002

 

Dan McKenzie

 

2001

 

John A. Simpson

 

2000

 

J. Freeman Gilbert

 

1999

 

Richard M. Goody

 

1998

 

Raymond Hide

 

1997

 

Eugene Shoemaker

 

1996

 

Claude Allégre

 

1995

 

Peter S. Eagleson

 

1994

 

Irwin I. Shapiro

 

1993

 

Alfred O. Nier

 

1992

 

Don L. Anderson

 

1991

 

Eugene N. Parker

 

1990

 

Walter H. Munk

 

1989

 

Hannes Alfven

 

1988

 

Robert N. Clayton

 

1987

 

James C. I. Dooge

 

1986

 

H. William Menard

 

1985

 

Marcel Nicolet

 

1984

 

Syun-iti Akimoto

 

1983

 

Henry M. Stommel

 

1982

 

Herbert Friedman

 

1981

 

Charles A. Whitten

 

1980

 

Frank Press

 

1979

 

Helmut E. Landsberg

 

1978

 

James A. Van Allen

 

1977

 

Jule G. Charney

 

1976

 

Edward Bullard

 

1975

 

A.E. Ringwood

 

1974

 

George P. Woollard

 

1973

 

Carl Eckart

 

1972

 

Inge Lehmann

 

1971

 

Bernhard Haurwitz

 

1970

 

Walter B. Langbein

 

1969

 

Roger Revelle

 

1968

 

Lloyd V. Berkner

 

1967

 

Louis B. Slichter

 

1966

 

Hugo Benioff

 

1965

 

Julius Bartels

 

1964

 

Merle Antony Tuve

 

1963

 

Sydney Chapman

 

1962

 

Keith Edward Bullen

 

1961

 

Francis Birch

 

1960

 

Walter M. Elsasser

 

1959

 

Johannes Theodoor Thijsse

 

1958

 

William Maurice Ewing

 

1957

 

Weikko Aleksanteri Heiskanen

 

1956

 

Walter Hermann Bucher

 

1955

 

Richard Montgomery Field

 

1954

 

Beno Gutenberg

 

1953

 

Harold Jeffreys

 

1952

 

Harald Ulrik Sverdrup

 

1951

 

Leason Heberling Adams

 

1950

 

Walter Davis Lambert

 

1949

 

James Bernard Macelwane

 

1948

 

Felix Andries Vening Meinesz

 

1947

 

Reginald Aldworth Daly

 

1946

 

Jacob Aall Bonnevie Bjerknes

 

1945

 

Henry Bryant Bigelow

 

1944

 

Oscar Edward Meinzer

 

1943

 

Nicholas Hunter Heck

 

1942

 

John Adam Fleming

 

1941

Arthur Louis Day

1940

William Bowie

1939

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]