Harry H. Hess Medal

The Harry H. Hess Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition  for "outstanding achievements in research on the constitution and evolution of the Earth and other planets."

Established in 1984, the Hess Medal is named in honor of Harry H. Hess, who made many contributions to geology, mineralogy, and geophysics. Hess served multiple terms as an AGU section president — for the Geodesy section (1950–1953) as well as the Tectonophysics section (1956–1959). Gerald J. Wasserburg was the first recipient of the Hess Medal.

For more than 30 years, Harry H. Hess was a geology professor at Princeton University. He made major contributions to the study of the oceanic lithosphere, including the concept that convection cells in the mantle were the driving force for seafloor spreading. Hess discovered and explained the formation of flat-topped seamounts (guyots), performed seafloor gravity studies while submerged aboard U.S. Navy submarines, conducted detailed mineralogic and petrologic studies of peridotites, and was an originator of scientific ocean drilling by the Mohole Project.

MEDAL INCLUDES:
• Engraved medal
•AGU Conferred Fellow (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow)
• AGU Fellow lapel pin (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow)
•AGU Fellow certificate (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow)
• Recognition in Eos
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
•Four complimentary hotel nights at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
•Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year