The URSI awards are presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly.
The "senior" awards are the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal, the John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal, the
Appleton Prize, and the Booker Gold Medal, and the "junior" awards are the Koga Gold Medal and the Santimay Basu Prize.
Call for nominations
Each of the six URSI awards which will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium which will be held in Beijing, China on 16 August 2014 is open for nominations until 15 August 2013 (or 31 October 2013 for the Santimay Basu Prize).
The rules governing these Awards can be downloaded (PDF). The document also includes a list of former laureates of the different awards.
A nomination form is also available for download (MsWord or PDF).
Possible recipients are nominated by URSI Member Committees, URSI Commissions or former recipients of the URSI Awards:
Each can submit up to four names for the senior awards and two names for the junior awards. For each nominee, the most appropriate award should be indicated, submitting only one name for each award. A senior award is for career achievements, but with evidence of significant achievements in the six year period ending one year before the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium.
Consistent with the above, candidates unsuccessfully nominated for the awards in 2011 can be considered.
The applications will be evaluated by a group of experts familiar with the nominee's field of expertise.
Recipients of the Appleton Prize
Dr. R.F. BENSON, USA
Citation: "For fundamental contributions to knowledge of the interactions of space borne radio sounders with the Earth’s plasma environment and to the use of sounders as diagnostic probes of that environment.".
Prof. B. REINISCH, USA
Citation: "For revolutionizing radio sounding from ground and space with development of the Digisonde and the IMAGE/RPI satellite instrument, both essential data providers for space weather monitoring and ionospheric modeling.".
Prof. U. INAN, USA
Citation: "For fundamental contributions to understanding of whistler-mode wave-particle interaction in near-Earth space and the electrodynamic coupling between lightning discharges and the upper atmosphere.".
Dr. D. MASSONNET, France
Citation: "For his outstanding work on radar imaging and satellite radar interferometry, a technique combining high frequencies, propagation and digital signal processing.".
Dr. R.A. GREENWALD, USA
Citation: "For conceiving, designing, developing and deploying two ground-breaking measurement techniques that have provided unparalleled spatial and temporal measurements of the ionosphere, and for inspirational international leadership.".
Dr. R.F. WOODMAN, Peru
Citation: "For major contributions and leadership in radar studies of the ionosphere and neutral atmosphere.".
Dr. D.T. FARLEY, USA
Citation: "For contributions to the development of the incoherent scatter radar technique and to radar studies of ionospheric instabilities.".
Prof. T.B. JONES, UK
Citation: "For major contributions, individually and in scientific leadership, to the study of ionospheric physics, using radio and radar techniques.".
Dr. A.V. GUREVICH, Russia
Citation: "contributions to the understanding of the non-linear properties of the ionosphere, particularly with respect to the interaction with high-power radiowaves.".
Dr. S. KATO, Japan
Citation: "contributions to the study of the ionosphere and the middle atmosphere, and in particular for the development of a highly sophisticated radar to observe the atmosphere.".
Prof. K.D. COLE, Australia
Citation: "Contributions to the understanding of the basic processes taking place in the magnetosphere and the ionosphere.".
Dr. H. RISHBETH, UK
Citation: "Contributions to studies of the dynamics and structure of the ionosphere F region.".
Prof. P.M. BANKS, USA
Citation: "Theoretical and observational studies of the plasma flow between the ionosphere and the magnetosphere.".
Dr. J.V. EVANS, USA
Citation: "Ionospheric physics, including application of the incoherent scatter technique.".
Prof. R.A. HELLIWELL, USA
Citation: "Radio wave propagation in the magnetosphere.".
Prof. W.I. AXFORD, N.Z.
Citation: "Ionospheric and magnetospheric physics.".