1996 Harry H. Hess Medal Winner

Thomas J. Ahrens

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
Tom Ahrens was awarded the Harry H. Hess Medal at the AGU Fall Meeting Honor Ceremony on December 17, 1996, in San Francisco. The Hess Medal recognizes outstanding achievements in research in the constitution and evolution of Earth and its sister planets. The award citation and Ahrens response are given here.


"Tom's research career spans more than 30 years and more than 300 research papers, so it is difficult to adequately summarize his work here. It is also difficult for one person to span Tom's range of interests, so I will concentrate on Tom's shock wave contributions to our understanding of Earth. He has also done much work on understanding the... Read More »


"President Sean Solomon, Members and Fellows of the AGU, Ladies and Gentlemen. "I am thrilled and honored to receive the Harry H. Hess Medal. Thank you, Guy Masters, for your kind and generous words. "First, I want to thank my entire family for their love and support. I am also forever indebted to many wonderful collaborators, many of whom are here, as well... Read More »


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