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William Bowie Lecture
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Section Lectures
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Invitation to present at annual meeting;
Peer nomination required
Submission Window
Mid-Jan - Mid-April
Established 1989

Recognizing Significant and Unselfish Contributions to the Fundamentals of Geophysics

The William Bowie Lecture is presented annually and recognizes significant contributions to the fundamentals of geophysics, as well as unselfish cooperation in research. It is presented by invitation only and is named to honor the life and work of William Bowie, a geodetic engineer who also served as AGU’s first president.

The Bowie Lecture is part of the Bowie Lecture Series, established to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, AGU's highest honor. Section lectures established in honor of a past Bowie medalist are part of the Bowie Lecture series.

This lecture is the premier scientific activity of the Geodesy section during the AGU Fall Meeting. For questions about the William Bowie Lecture, please contact Matthew Pritchard, Geodesy Section President.

Honor Benefits
Recipients receive the following:

  • A lecture certificate
  • An invitation to present the Bowie Lecture at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Recognition at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded
  • Ticket to the Geodesy section event at AGU's annual meeting the year the honor is awarded

About the Geodesy Section

Geodesy is a branch of geophysics that studies the geometrical, structural, and gravitational properties of the Earth,their time evolution, and the dynamic interactions of the solid Earth with other physical components of the Earth system(atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and the core), at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. Geodesistsalso study the corresponding topics for other planets in the solar system.

AGU’s Geodesy Section is proud to contribute to this heritage over the decades, in providing services and fostering interactions among geodesists as well as between colleagues in other disciplines.


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Nominators and supporters are not required to be active AGU members.

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