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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:

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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
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    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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Submissions

Nominations for all AGU honors are now closed. Please check back in January 2020 for our next cycle.

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Past recipients

Name

Year of honor

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]