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Professor Alex Halliday receives 2016 Harry H. Hess Medal

Professor Alex Halliday from the Department of Earth Sciences was recently awarded the 2016 Harry H. Hess Medal, a significant honour of the American Geophysical Union.

This leading medal is awarded to recognise “outstanding achievements in research on the constitution and evolution of the Earth and other planets.

Presenting the award, David Stevenson from the California Institute of Technology said: ‘Alex Halliday is a pioneer in the application  of isotopic techniques in geochemistry. The past few decades have seen remarkable developments that constrain the timing and nature of events in the early history of the solar system, and Alex has been one of the principal leaders in this effort… He is an outstanding recipient of the Hess Medal.’

Professor Halliday joins an illustrious list of past recipients (see More information on 2016’s Medal and Award winners can be found on the AGU EOS website. The full text of David Stevenson’s addess and Professor Halliday’s reply is at

Professor Halliday was also recently made a member of Academia Europaea, the European Academic Society.

Joanna Grant