Awards

Bowie Lectures

Overview

The William Bowie Lecture honors the life and work of geodetic engineer and AGU’s first president, William Bowie.

This Geodesy section named lecture is the premier scientific activity of the Geodesy section held during the AGU Fall Meeting. The Bowie Lecture is webcast and made available as an archived presentation on the AGU website.

The Bowie Lecture series was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, which is AGU’s first medal and highest honor given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and unselfish cooperation in research. Section named lectures that are established in honor of a past Bowie medalist are also categorized as part of the Bowie Lecture series.

The Bowie Lecture series was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, which is AGU’s first medal and highest honor given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and unselfish cooperation in research. Section named lectures that are established in honor of a past Bowie medalist are also categorized as part of the Bowie Lecture series.

The Bowie Lecture is by invitation only – nominations are not accepted.

2018

Lecturer: Byron Tapley


2017

Lecturer: Tonie M. van Dam


2016

Lecturer: Mark Simons
Title: InSAR Geodesy: The Next Phase

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2015

Lecturer: Daniel Dzurisin
Title: Turtles to Terabytes: The Ongoing Revolution in Volcano Geodesy

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2014

Lecturer: Jerry Mitrovica
Title: Global Change Geodesy: A Geophysical Perspective

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2013

Lecturer: Don Chambers
Title: Using Geodesy to Better Understand Ocean Dynamics

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2012

Lecturer: Reinhard F. Rummel
Title: How Attractive is our Planet?

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2011

Lecturer: Kosuke Heki
Title: GPS Array as a Sensor of Lithosphere, Troposphere and Ionosphere

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2010

Lecturer: Gerald Bawden
Title: Ultra-High Resolution Four Dimensional Imaging Across the Earth Sciences


2009

Lecturer: Jeffrey T. Freymueller
Title: Geodetic Constraints on the Tectonics of Alaska and the North Pacific


2008

Lecturer: Eric Rignot
Title: Glaciological studies of the evolution of ice sheets in a warming climate


2007

Lecturer: Kristine M.Larson
Title: High-Rate GPS Earthquakes, Ice Sheets, and Volcanoes


2006

Lecturer: Richard D. Ray
Title: Tidal Friction in the Earth and Ocean


2005 

Lecturer: R. Steve Nerem
Title: The Record of Sea Level Change from Satellite Measurements: What Have We Learned?


2004

Lecturer: Michael M. Watkins
Title: Time-Variable Gravity Measurements Come of Age


2003

Lecturer: Herb Dragert
Title: Episodic Tremor and Slip in the Cascadia Subduction Zone: A Story of Discovery


2002

Lecturer: Gilles Peltzer
Title: Towards Imaging the Earth’s Surface in 4 Dimensions


2000

Lecturer: James L. Davis
Title: GPS Investigations of Postglacial Crustal Motions for Mantle Dynamics, Sea Level Change, and Paleoclimate Studies


1999

Lecturer: Anny Cazenave
Title: Satellite Geodesy and Global Climatic Changes


1998

Lecturer: David E. Smith
Title: Lasers in Earth and Planetary Exploration


1997

Lecturer: Jean-Bernard Minster
Title: Geophysical Geodesy: A Peek into the Crystal Ball


1995

Lecturer: David Sandwell
Title: Ocean Basin Tectonics Revealed with Declassified Geosat Altimeter Data


1994

Lecturer: John Wahr
Title: Geodesy and Global Change


1993

Lecturer: Jean O. Dickey
Title: Earth Rotation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Earth System Science


1992

Lecturer: Richard H.Rapp
Title: The State of Estimation of the Earth’s Gravity Field


1990

Lecturer: Irwin I. Shapiro
Title: Probing Underfoot by Looking Overhead


1989

Lecturer: James C. Savage
Title: Interseismic Crustal Deformation in Subduction Zones


1988

Lecturer: Tom A. Herring
Title: Applications of Space Geodesy: Results and the Future