Monday, 12 March 2012

Prof Hawkesworth awarded highest geological award

Professor Chris Hawkesworth,  Deputy Principal and Vice-Principal (Research) and Professor in Earth Sciences, has been awarded the Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society of London. This is the highest award granted by the world’s oldest geological society and reflects Professor Hawkesworth’s sustained and broad contributions across the Earth Sciences, particularly in isotope geochemistry.

The medal is named after William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828) and was first awarded in 1831 (William Smith received the first medal). It was originally made of palladium, a metal discovered by Wollaston.