March 27, 2000
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has awarded professor of earth sciences
Quentin Williams the Macelwane
Medal for 2000. The Macelwane Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon young
researchers by the AGU.
Established in 1961 and renamed in 1986 in honor of James B. Macelwane, this medal
recognizes significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding
young scientist (less than 36 years of age). Macelwane, the AGU's 13th president,
was renowned not just for his contributions to geophysics but also for his deep interest
in teaching and encouraging young scientists.
The medal adds to a growing list of honors for Williams, who also won the Mineralogical
Society of America Award for 2000 and was a National Science Foundation Presidential
Faculty Fellow from 1993 to 1998.
Three faculty in the Earth Sciences Department have now received the Macelwane Medal:
professor and chair Thorne Lay, professor Marcia McNutt, and Williams. Only a handful
of other universities, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, have three or more Macelwane medalists on their faculties.