John Adam Fleming Medal

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Fleming Medal Committee


Nominations for the Fleming Medal are open. Submit a Nomination »

The John Adam Fleming Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition for “original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and/or related sciences.”

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).

Lloyd V. Berkner was the first recipient of the Fleming Medal.

John Fleming Biography

• Engraved medal
• AGU Conferred Fellow (if honoree is not already an AGU Fellow, and has been an AGU member for three consecutive years at the time of their award, with exceptions allowed in cases of financial hardship )
• 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


  • Scientific excellence: Explain why the candidate’s published work over his/her career meets the Fleming Medal criterion of outstanding science: “For original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and/or related sciences.”
  • Impact: Provide evidence that the candidate’s work has had a significant impact on his/her field, in terms of original ideas, methods, and/or new observations. The nature of these contributions should be explained in ways that can be understood by those outside the specific research field.
  • Broader considerations: Identify who has benefitted from the candidate’s work, and describe service to his/her field, particularly as it pertains to the mission of the AGU.
  • Reputation and leadership: Characterize the nominee’s international standing in his/her field.

AGU Section Affiliation(s):  Atmospheric Sciences (AS); Atmospheric and Space Electricity (ASE); Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism (GPE); Planetary Sciences (PS); Space, Physics and Aeronomy (SPA); Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology (VGP)

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:



  • Active AGU membership is required.
  • Compliance with AGU Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Duplicate nominations for one individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.


Nomination Requirements:

Two or more nomination packages for a single candidate will not be considered. If separate packages are received, the nominators will be asked to combine them.

Your nomination package should contain the following files, which should be no more than two (2) pages in length per document:

  1. Nomination letter with one-sentence citation. Letterhead stationary is preferred, and should include the nominator’s name, title, institution and contact information. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter and be no more than 150 characters.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV). Please include all of following information for the candidate: name; mailing and email address; history of employment; degrees; research experience; honors; memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  3. Nominee’s selected bibliography. Briefly state the total number and types of publications and specify the number published in AGU publications. For example: Jane Doe is the author of 92 publications, 86 in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 14 of which have been published in AGU journals and books. The following selected list best supports Jane’s nomination for the Fleming Medal.
  4. 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

Submission Process

Nominations open: 15 January 2019
Nominations close: 15 April 2019

Nominations for the Fleming Medal must be submitted through the online submission system.

Nomination packages submitted online must be complete at the time of submission. Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the Fleming Medal Committee for review.

For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. For additional questions, contact the Honors Team at