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Whitaker Medal

(Nominations are now closed for 2018)

The Whitaker Medal is awarded in memory of the distinguished geologist, William Whitaker and was first awarded by the Institution of Water Engineers in 1930 to R.C.S. Walters for his paper on the hydrogeology of the Chalk in England.

Since that time, the Institution and its successors awarded the Medal a further fourteen times to a total of 24 individuals. Since 1996, the Medal has been awarded by the Hydrogeological Group in recognition of an outstanding contribution to hydrogeology.

See guidance on the submission of nominations below:

Download Nomination Form

Awards of the Whitaker Medal made by the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society

The following is a list of recipients:

  • 2017:  J Dottridge
  • 2016:  J H Tellam
  • 2012:  P A Marsland
  • 2011:  K M Hiscock
  • 2010:  J Aldrick
  • 2009:  J A Barker
  • 2008:  J Chilton
  • 2007:  R C Harris
  • 2005:  G Williams
  • 2004:  G P Jones
  • 2002:  A C Skinner
  • 2000:  J D Mather
  • 1999:  W M Edmunds
  • 1997:  L Clark
  • 1996:  M Price

Awards of the Whitaker Medal made by IWE and IWES

1985P G EcclesSulby reservoir, Isle of Man: design and construction
1983K R Rushton, E J Smith and L M TomlinsonAn improved understanding of flow in a limestone aquifer using field evidence and mathematical models
1982R J E Hawnt, J B Joseph and R J FlavinExperience with borehole recharge in the Lee Valley
1981J W LloydThe importance of drift deposit influences on the hydrogeology of major British aquifers
1980K J Edworthy and R A DowningArtificial groundwater recharge and its relevance in Britain
1976P E R Lovelock, M Price and T K TateGroundwater conditions in the Penrith Sandstone at Cliburn, Westmorland
1975S S D Foster and R I CreaseNitrate pollution of Chalk groundwater in East Yorkshire? A hydrogeological appraisal
1974E Morton*A review of geology on the design and construction of impounding dams
1971J Ineson*Development of groundwater resources in England and Wales
1969M F Kennard and J L KnillReservoirs on limestone with particular reference to the Cow Green scheme
1957E S HibberThe hydrogeology of the Wirral peninsula
1955D Halton ThomsonHydrogeological conditions in the Chalk at Compton, West Sussex (papers presented in 1921, 1931, 1938, 1941 and 1954)
1949A L LyonThe hydrogeology of the Coventry district
1942F H EdmundsOutlines of underground water supply in England and Wales
1930R C S WaltersThe hydrogeology to the Chalk in England

Guidance on the submission of nominations

Nominations should be made on the Whitaker Medal nomination form. This is a competitive process and to avoid potential disappointment the nominee should not be informed that they are being nominated.

The award will be presented at the Group’s AGM on November 29th; the deadline for nominations is 31st August.

The award recognises outstanding contribution; examples of what constitute an outstanding contribution might include:

  • authorship of a landmark paper
  • authorship of a book (either educational or a research volume)
  • key role in organisation of a landmark conference
  • key role in bringing hydrogeology to the wider community (e.g. work in overseas development or education)
  • development of a significant new piece of equipment or new technique

Those nominated do not have to be Fellows of the Society.  The Awards Committee relies on the proposers to check the accuracy of the supporting information. By signing the nomination form, the proposers are confirming that, to the best of their knowledge, the details given in support of a nomination for an award are accurate.

The Awards Committee will check the eligibility of nominators and the nominee including previous awards from the Society.  The proposer and seconder must not be from the same institution as the nominee.  The form must be signed and dated. Electronic signatures are acceptable.

All sections of the nomination form must be completed including the brief statement of no more than 500 words on why the nominee merits the award.  The form must not exceed two sides.  Attachments will not be considered.

For readability the nomination form must be typed in font Arial 10 point and must be submitted as a Word file.

Completed nomination forms should be sent to the secretary of the Hydrogeological Group Committee, Barnaby Harding, at the following email address:

Download Nomination Form