Awards and Prizes
The Royal Meteorological Society recognises excellence in meteorology and related disciplines through its medals, awards and prizes. Listed below are all of the Society's awards and prizes including past winners and some information for each award.
Call for Nominations for Awards and Prizes for 2018 - NOW OPEN
The call for nominations for the Society's 2018 Awards and Prizes is now open.
A. Nominations for Awards and Prizes
The Society invites nominations for the following awards and prizes for 2018, which will be presented in 2019. Please send a completed Nomination Form to the Chief Executive (email@example.com) by 19 October 2018 for:
1. The Symons Gold Medal is one of the Society’s most prestigious awards, awarded biennially for distinguished work undertaken in connection with Meteorological Science.
2. The Buchan Prize is awarded annually to members of the Society for a paper or papers published in the Society’s journals in the preceding five years and adjudged to contain the most important original contribution or contributions to meteorology.
3. The Hugh Robert Mill Award is awarded biennially for original research into the distribution of precipitation, or into the variation of precipitation in time at any place, or into precipitation either as a meteorological phenomenon, or in relation to climatology, agriculture, water supply, water power or other applications.
4. The Michael Hunt Award is awarded biennially to individuals for excellence in increasing the understanding of meteorology or its allied disciplines among members of the general public, such as yachtsmen, schoolchildren, etc.
5. The LF Richardson Prize is awarded annually for a meritorious paper published in the preceding four years in a Society journal by a member of the Society who is an early-career scientist (no more than 15 years into their career, excluding career breaks). Please note if the nomination is for the LF Richardson Prize then clarification of the work of the person nominated is required and confirmation that they did most of the work for the paper being nominated.
6. The Adrian Gill Award is awarded annually to a member of the Society who has made a significant contribution(s) and author paper(s) in the Society’s journals in fields interfacing between atmospheric science and related disciplines, thereby being referred to as “multi-disciplinary”.
7. The Climate Science Communication Award is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions to Climate Science, including proactive outreach activities.
8. The Innovation Award is awarded biennially to recognise people, projects or programmes within the academic, scientific or business communities making significant contributions to educating, informing or motivating organisations in their response to meteorological challenges.
9. The Vaisala Award is awarded biennially to recognise people or teams from within the amateur community, academia or business making significant contributions to instrumentation or observing across the meteorological and related sciences.
10. The Society Outstanding Service Award is awarded annually for outstanding service to the Society by its members or staff.
11. The Gordon Manley Weather Prize is awarded annually for any outstanding contribution to Weather through a paper or papers or service to Weather in the preceding five years that have furthered the public understanding of meteorology and oceanography.
B. Nominations for Honorary Fellowship
Honorary Fellowship is a lifetime accolade made to a select group of distinguished individuals whose careers in meteorology (or a related science) or as a public figure renders them a leader and role model within the meteorological community and an inspiration to future generations. Honorary Fellowship is limited to a small number of individuals and is the highest honour bestowed by the Society.
C. Applications for the Malcolm Walker Award
The Society invites applications for a new award, the Malcolm Walker Award, for 2018 that will be presented in 2019. Please send a completed Application Form to the Chief Executive (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 19 October 2018 for:
The Malcolm Walker Award which is bestowed annually to recognise and encourage emerging researchers who have brought new insights into an aspect of the environmental sciences, which includes elements of meteorology and/or oceanography. The application should demonstrate that the candidate has an understanding of the historical context of his/her research and is able to communicate their work to a diverse audience.
Applications must be submitted using the Application Form for this award. The application must be supported by the research supervisor(s) responsible for overseeing the work of the candidate which is to be considered for the award.
Full List of Awards and Winners
Here is a full list of the awards and prizes given by the Society. Clicking on the "Show all" link will reveal a list of the people who have won each award in the past.
Mason Gold Medal
Sir John Mason generously funded an award for Fellows of the Society, known as The Mason Gold Medal. The medal ranks alongside The Symons Gold Medal as the premier award of the Society and is bestowed in alternate years to the Symons medal. The citation for the Mason Gold Medal is “For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the fundamental processes that determine the variability and predictability of weather and climate”. The medal is presented at an appropriate special event and consists of a lecture by the recipient known as The Mason Gold Medal Lecture. The first Mason Gold Medal was awarded in 2006 to Paul Mason.
Mason Gold Medal Recipients
Symons Gold Medal
In 1901, in memory of George James Symons FRS a British meteorologist who founded the British Rainfall Organisation, a gold medal was established. The medal is awarded biennially for distinguished work in connection with meteorological science. A representation of the Tower of the Winds at Athens appears on the reverse side of this medal. The medal was designed by Mr Frank Bowcher of Chiswick and the dies for it were furnished and executed by Mr John Pinches of London. The medal ranks alongside The Mason Gold Medal as the premier award of the Society and is bestowed in alternate years to the Mason medal.
Symons Gold Medal Recipients
|2016||Prof||Prof John Michael||Wallace||PhD|
|2010||Prof||John||Mitchell||OBE FRMetS CMet|
|2006||Prof Sir||Brian||Hoskins||CBE HonFRMetS|
Dr Alexander Buchan was a Scottish meteorologist and oceanographer and is credited with establishing the synoptic chart used in weather forecasting. The Buchan Prize was instituted to commemorate the amalgamation in 1921 of the Scottish Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. The Buchan Prize is awarded annually to members of the Society for a paper or papers published in the previous five years in the Quarterly Journal, the International Journal of Climatology or Atmospheric Science Letters and adjudged to contain the most important original contribution or contributions to meteorology.
Buchan Prize Recipients
|1998||Prof||Julia Mary||Slingo||OBE HonFRMetS FRS|
|1987||Prof||Timothy Noel||Palmer||CBE DPhil FRMetS DSc|
Hugh Robert Mill Prize
Hugh Robert Mill was a British geographer and meteorologist who exercised a great influence in the reform of geography teaching and on the development of meteorology as a science. He was Director of the British Rainfall Organisation from 1901 to 1919, and Honorary Secretary of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1902 until 1907 when he became President. The Hugh Robert Mill Award is awarded biennially for original research into the distribution or variation of rainfall or its application to meteorology or a related science.
Hugh Robert Mill Prize Recipients
|1981||Prof||Christopher George||Collier||HonFRMetS CMet|
L F Richardson Prize
Lewis Fry Richardson was an English mathematician and meteorologist, who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting. The L F Richardson Prize is awarded annually for a meritorious paper which was published in a Society journal during the preceding four years, and was contributed by a member of the Society who in their early career in meteorology (which we define as no more than 15 years into their career, excluding career breaks) at the time of submission.
L F Richardson Prize Recipients
The FitzRoy Prize is awarded for distinguished work in applications of meteorology or related sciences, especially if published in Society journals. For this purpose, “applications” shall be defined as “scientific, technical, commercial and administrative aspects from the point of view of the end user”. The main requirement is that the work is of use to meteorologists, users of meteorological products and those engaged in the dialogue between them. The Prize is awarded biennially.
FitzRoy Prize Recipients
|2011||Prof||Roy Michael||Harrison||OBE FRMetS|
Adrian Gill Prize
The Adrian Gill Award, named after the Australian meteorologist and oceanographer, is awarded annually to a member of the Society who has made a significant contribution, in the preceding five years, in the specified fields, and who has also been an author of a paper(s) in the Society’s journals. The specified fields are those that interface between atmospheric science and related disciplines. These related disciplines include oceanography, hydrology, geochemistry and numerical methodologies.
Adrian Gill Prize Recipients
|2010||Prof||Joanna Dorothy||Haigh||CBE HonFRMetS|
|2008||Prof||Timothy Noel||Palmer||CBE DPhil FRMetS DSc|
Michael Hunt Award
The Michael Hunt Award, which commemorates the achievements of Michael Hunt who was a TV weatherman, is given biennially for excellence in increasing the understanding of meteorology or its applied disciplines among members of the general public, including particular groups (eg. school children, yachtsmen, etc).
Michael Hunt Award Recipients
Gordon Manley Weather Prize
The Society's journal Weather was first publishing in 1946 when Gordon Manley was President of the Society and the journal benefited from his encouragement. The Gordon Manley Prize is awarded annually for any outstanding contribution to Weather through a paper or papers -- or other outstanding service to Weather -- in the preceding five years that has furthered the public understanding of meteorology and oceanography.
Gordon Manley Weather Prize Recipients
|2012||Mr||Andrew Mark||Sibley||FRMetS RMet|
|2011||Mr||George David||Anderson||FRMetS RMet|
|1994||Mr||Martin Victor||Young||FRMetS CMet|
The International Journal of Climatology (IJoC) Prize shall be awarded annually to the author of a meritorious paper or papers, contributed to the Society and published in the IJoC in any of the five consecutive calendar years preceding the year of the award, or for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the journal.
IJoC Prize Recipients
Society Outstanding Service Medal
The Society Outstanding Service Award was first awarded in 1989. It is awarded annually to a member of the Society who has exceeded the normal bounds of their role to the great benefit of the Society.
Society Outstanding Service Medal Recipients
The Vaisala Award is awarded biennially to recognise individuals or teams within the amateur community, academia or business who have made significant contributions to the field of observation and instrumentation. In particular this award recognises: instrument development; collection and quality control of observations; insight into observing the weather/climate; or meteorological field campaigns.
Vaisala Award Recipients
The award is based around innovation in meteorology, with a particular focus on business and/or public impact. It recognises people, projects or programmes within the academic, scientific or business communities who have made significant contributions to educating, informing or motivating organisations in their response to meteorological challenges, for example climate change or significant weather events. This is awarded biennially in recognition of contributions from both the professional and amateur community and outstanding contributions to the work of national and international meteorological field campaigns. It may be awarded to those whose work does not naturally lend itself necessarily to publication in the scientific journal literature, but is of significant value to the science of meteorology.
Innovation Award Recipients
James Paton Memorial Prize
The Scottish Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society organises an annual competition for the James Paton Memorial Prize. It is awarded for one or more outstanding photographs or slides of meteorological or atmospheric interest published in Weather during the year. All photographs published in Weather are automatically considered, but the original submissions are also considered.
The competition is open to single or joint entries from amateur or professional meteorologists and photographers.
James Paton Memorial Prize Recipients
|2010||Dr||Charles Ian Peter||Davison|
Jehuda Neumann Memorial Prize
The Jehuda Neumann Memorial Prize commemorates the work of Professor Jehuda Neumann (1915-1993) on the relationship between weather and historical events.
The Prize shall be awarded biennially to the person whom the Committee of the Royal Meteorological Society’s Special Interest Group for the History of Meteorology & Physical Oceanography (or delegated sub-committee) considers to have made the most outstanding contribution to the study of the history of meteorology or physical oceanography during the preceding five years. In exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the full Committee, this qualifying period may be extended – to recognise, for example, an individual’s outstanding contribution over a long period.
Jehuda Neumann Memorial Prize Recipients
ASL Editors Award
ASL Editors Award Recipients
Met Apps Editors Award
Met Apps Editors Award Recipients
QJ Editors award
QJ Editors award Recipients
|2012||Prof||Peter Jan||van Leeuwen||FRMetS|
|2008||Dr||Susan||van den Heever|