Congratulations to Professor Philip England, who was recently awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Geophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society.
Philip joins a prestigious list of physicists to have received the medal since its first award in 1824 including: Ewing, Hawking, Munk, Wasserberg, Poincare, Hubble, Bullard, Hoyle, Einstein and our very own John Woodhouse. The Gold Medal is the Society’s highest award.
According to the Royal Astronomical Society’s website:
The winner of the Gold Medal in geophysics is Professor Philip England of the University of Oxford, a highly respected solid earth geophysicist whose influence spans widely across the subject. G Gold Award – England thumbnailProfessor Philip England, winner of the Gold Medal in geophysics.His insight is mathematical – a search for ‘simple’ rules and scaling laws for underlying processes – but in the great tradition of experimental geophysics, he also has strong field experience. He has radically improved understanding of the way the Earth’s surface and interior operate.
Professor England is now aiding scientists and social scientists to increase resilience and promote understanding of earthquake hazards, particularly amongst politicians and communities in the Alpine-Mediterranean-Himalayan countries. It is largely his influence and insight that led to the establishment of the major ‘Earthquakes Without Frontiers’ partnership of UK organisations with their equivalents in affected countries.