The Francis Birch Lecture is named in recognition of the seminal work of Francis Birch on elasticity, phase relations, thermal properties, heat flow, and the composition of the Earth’s interior. These contributions have helped establish the field of tectonophysics.
The lecture is presented annually by a recipient whose work has advanced the understanding of tectonophysics through observations, experiments, the development of analytical methods or modelling.
The Birch Lecture is also part of the Bowie Lecture Series, established in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, AGU’s highest honor, and named for its first president. Birch is a past recipient of the William Bowie medal.
The Birch Lecture is by invitation only – nominations are not accepted.