Awards

Bowie Lectureships

The Bowie Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, which is AGU’s highest honor and is named for its first president.

Three Bowie Lectureships are awarded within the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section:
- M. Nicolet (Aeronomy - since 1990)
- J. Van Allen (Magnetospheric physics - since 1989)
- E. Parker (Solar and Heliospheric physics - since 1990)

These lectures recognize outstanding contributions and unselfish cooperation in each of the three SPA subsections. The lectures honor the Lecturer, portray significant achievements within each discipline, and outline the future prospects of the field in a manner accessible to all scientists within the SPA Section. More »

Marcel Nicolet Lecture (Aeronomy)

This lectureship is named in honor of Professor Marcel Nicolet, a pioneer in aeronomy. The Nicolet Lecture recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of Aeronomy. More »











  • M. Nicolet – Spring 1990
  • P. Banks – Fall 1991
  • T. Donahue – Spring 1993
  • H. Rishbeth – Spring 1995
  • R. Roble – Fall 1996
  • A. Nagy – Spring 1998
  • C. Barth – Fall 1999
  • G. Reid – Spring 2001
  • B. Schunk – Fall 2002
  • J. Forbes – Fall 2004
  • R. Heelis – Spring 2006
  • R. Meier – Fall 2007
  • A. Richmond – Spring 2009
  • M. Kelley – 2011
  • R. Greenwald – 2013
  • M. Hagan – 2014
  • T. Cravens – 2016
  • J. Huba – 2017
  • C. Randall - 2019
  • K. A. Lynch - 2020

James Van Allen Lecture (Magnetospheric Physics)

The Van Allen Lecture recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of Magnetospheric Physics. This lectureship is named in honor of Professor James Van Allen, a pioneer in magnetospheric physics and recipient of the William Bowie medal. More »

  • J. Van Allen – Fall 1989
  • G. L. Siscoe – Spring 1991
  • C. F. Kennel – Fall 1992
  • S. W. H. Cowley – Spring 1994
  • G. Haerendel – Fall 1995
  • D. Gurnett – Spring 1997
  • M. G. Kivelson – Fall 1998
  • A. Nishida – Spring 2000
  • J. Burch – Fall 2001
  • G. Paschmann – Fall 2003
  • L. Lanzerotti – Spring 2005
  • M. Hudson – Fall 2006
  • V. Vasyliunas – Fall 2008
  • B. Sonnerup – Fall 2010
  • D. Baker – 2012
  • S. Krimigis – 2014
  • M. Thomsen – 2015
  • T. Gombosi – 2017
  • F. Bagenal - 2018
  • R. L. McPherron - 2020

Eugene Parker Lecture (Solar and Heliospheric Physics)

The Parker Lecture recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of Solar and Heliospheric Physics. This lectureship is named in honor of Professor Eugene Parker, a pioneer in solar and heliospheric physics. More »

  • E. N. Parker – Fall 1990
  • J. Simpson – Spring 1992
  • E. Stone – Fall 1993
  • A. Hundhausen – Fall 1994
  • J. Leibacher – Spring 1996
  • M. Neugebauer – Fall 1997
  • L. Fisk – Spring 1999
  • I. Axford – Fall 2000
  • B. Lin – Spring 2002
  • J. Gosling – Spring 2004
  • R. Jokipii – Fall 2005
  • E. Smith – Spring 2007
  • M. Lee – Spring 2008
  • L. Burlaga – Fall 2009
  • J. Luhmann – 2012
  • N. Crooker – 2013
  • P. Scherrer – 2015
  • T. Woods – 2016
  • D. McComas - 2018
  • M. A. Shea - 2019 

Section Lectureships

Willam B. Hanson Lecture (Scope)

The Parker Lecture recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of Solar and Heliospheric Physics. This lectureship is named in honor of Professor Eugene Parker, a pioneer in solar and heliospheric physics. More »

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  • R. A. Heelis - 2020

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