William Bowie Medal
AGU’s highest honor was established in 1939 in honor of William Bowie for his spirit of helpfulness and friendliness in unselfish cooperative research. In addition to being the first president of AGU (1920–1922), Bowie was also the first recipient of this medal. The Bowie Medal is awarded not more than once annually to an individual for “outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research,” one of the guiding principles of AGU.
William Bowie was a distinguished geodesist who was not only one of the founders of the American Geophysical Union and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics but was also an architect of international cooperation in geophysical research.
Presented to one medalist annually.
For outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research.
- Presentation piece description: engrave, gold plate; cherry case.