IAGA Shen Kuo Award
To add balance to the small list of IAGA awards, the EC decided in 2006 to prepare the case for the establishment of a new medal for outstanding interdisciplinary contributions to IAGA science. The aim is to recognize well-known prominent scientists who, therefore, do not qualify for the Long Service Medal. (IAGA News 43, 2006)
Shen Kuo (1031-1095)
Shen Kuo was a Chinese scientist and statesman of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). His talents and contributions extended to almost every field of learning. He was a gifted mathematician, astronomer, earth scientist and poet. He provided the first account of a suspended magnet compass; the concept of magnetic poles; understanding of declination (magnetic poles are not at geographic poles); the concept of true north; and the discovery of dip.
Nominees for the Award should be internationally recognized scientists active in fields including IAGA-related research (IAGA News 48).
Nominations should come from at least one of the following:
- 3 Working Groups from at least 2 Divisions
- 2 Divisions
- 1 Division and 1 Interdivisional Commission
- The nominations may be supported by scientific bodies outside IAGA.
- Nominations should be submitted to the IAGA Secretary General. Guidelines for nomination
- Decisions are made by the IAGA Executive Committee.
Recipients of the Shen Kuo Award for Interdisciplinary Achievements
|Name||Country||Year of Award||Report|
|Jay Johnson||USA||2021||IAGA News 58|
|Prof. Catherine Johnson||Canada||2019||IAGA News 56|
|Jeffrey Forbes||USA||2017||IAGA News 54|
|Daniel Baker||USA||2015||IAGA News 52|
|Jean-Luis Le Mouël||France||2013||IAGA News 50|