Planetary Sciences

The Planetary Sciences section has established a total of two awards and three named lectures which recognize scientists who are in the early, mid, and advanced stages of their career. Details about each honor are provided below.

Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science

Established in 2012, the Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science is given annually to one honoree (no more than 6 years post-degree) in recognition of significant early career contributions to planetary science. This award is named in honor of AGU Fellow, Ronald Greeley for his influential contributions made to training and mentoring planetary scientists.

AWARD INCLUDES:
• $2,000.00 monetary prize
• Award certificate
• Announcement in Eos
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Complimentary ticket to the Planetary Sciences section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

To view Nomination Criteria, please Click Here.

To submit a nomination, please Click Here.

Past Honorees:

Whipple Award

Established in 1989, the Whipple Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of planetary science. This award is named in honor of AGU Fellow, Fred Whipple, a gifted astronomer most noted for his work on comets. The Whipple Award includes an opportunity to present an invited lecture during the AGU Fall Meeting, held in San Francisco, Calif. The Whipple Lecture is webcast and made available as an archived presentation on the AGU website.

AWARD INCLUDES:
• Award certificate
• Announcement in Eos
• Invitation to present the Whipple Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Complimentary ticket to the Planetary Sciences section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Whipple Lecture

The Whipple Lecture honors the life and work of astronomer, Fred Whipple. This Planetary Sciences section named lecture is presented annually by the Whipple awardee during their award presentation year at the AGU Fall Meeting, held in San Francisco, Calif. The Bowen Lecture is webcast and made available as an archived presentation on the AGU website.

The Whipple Lecture is presented by the Whipple awardee during their award presentation year – nominations are not accepted.

LECTURE INCLUDES:
• Lecture certificate
• Announcement in Eos
• Invitation to present the Whipple Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the lecture presentation year

To view Nomination Criteria, please Click Here.

To submit a nomination, please Click Here.

Past Whipple Honorees

  • 2004 John A. Wood
  • 2002 Thomas B. McCord
  • 1999 Bruce Murray
  • 1998 John B. Adams
  • 1995 Gordon H. Pettengill
  • 1994 David J. Stevenson
  • 1993 Eugene M. Shoemaker
  • 1990 Fred L. Whipple

Sagan Lecture

The Carl Sagan Lecture honors the life and work of astronomer and astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. Trained in astronomy and biology, Sagan was a leader in establishing the field of Astrobiology and a tireless educator, author and space advocate.

This named lecture, co-sponsored by the Planetary Sciences and Biogeosciences sections, is presented annually at the AGU Fall Meeting, held in San Francisco, Calif. In even-numbered years, the Sagan Lecture is hosted by the Biogeosciences section; and in odd-numbered years, it is hosted by the Planetary Sciences section.

The Sagan Lecture is webcast and made available as an archived presentation on the AGU website.

Nominations for the Sagan Lecture are accepted and can be submitted to Sarah Stewart.

AWARD INCLUDES:
• Lecture certificate
• Announcement in Eos
• Invitation to present the Sagan Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Complimentary ticket to the hosting section’s ticketed event at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year

Shoemaker Lecture

The Eugene Shoemaker Lecture honors the life and work of planetary scientist and geologist, Eugene Merle Shoemaker. This Planetary Sciences section named lecture is presented annually at the AGU Fall Meeting, held in San Francisco, Calif. The Shoemaker Lecture is webcast and made available as an archived presentation on the AGU website.

The Shoemaker Lecture is also a part of the Bowie Lecture series, which was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, which is AGU’s highest honor and named for its first president. Shoemaker is a past recipient of the William Bowie medal.

Nominations for the Shoemaker Lecture are accepted and can be submitted to Sarah Stewart.

AWARD INCLUDES:
• Lecture certificate
• Announcement in Eos
• Invitation to present the Shoemaker Lecture at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
• Complimentary ticket to the Planetary Sciences section reception at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year