UNION MEDALS, AWARDS AND PRIZES
John Adam Fleming Medal
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Career Stage
Experienced
Award Type
Union Medal
Of Note
Confers Union Fellowship;
Peer OR self-nomination permitted
Submission Window
17 January - 1 March
Established 1960

Recognizing Original Research and Technical Leadership

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).

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • An engraved medal
  • Induction into the AGU College of Fellows (if the honoree has been an AGU member for three consecutive years and is not already a Fellow with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship as determined by AGU
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Four hotel nights and two tickets to the Honors Banquet at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

Evaluation Criteria

A successful nomination package will address the following areas:
SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE

Explain why the candidate’s published work over their 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.

SCIENTIFIC IMPACT

Provide evidence that the candidate’s work has had a significant impact on their 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 benefited 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 their discipline.

Eligibility

Nominee
The nominee must be an experienced senior scientist who is an established leader in their field.
Nominators
Nominators/co-nominators must be active AGU members.
All Parties
Must be in compliance with AGU's conflict of interest and professional conduct policies.
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