John Adam Fleming Medal
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). The Fleming Medal is awarded not more than once annually to an individual “for original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and related sciences.” Lloyd V. Berkner was the first recipient of the Fleming Medal.
John Adam Fleming was associated with the science of geomagnetism throughout his career, and with the American Geophysical Union from its founding until his death. Fleming edited AGU’s Transactions, organized its annual meetings, and was its insistent dues collector at a time when the membership was much smaller than it is now. His life of service to AGU was exemplary.
Presented to one medalist annually.
For original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and related sciences.
- Presentation piece description: engrave and gold-plate medallion and base; place stone on plaque; medallion in circle cut in the stone; cherry case.