2017 Recipient

George Plafker

USGS emeritus geologist George Plafker and his colleagues did painstaking fieldwork after the magnitude 9.2 Alaskan earthquake in 1964, covering hundreds of kilometers of Alaskan shoreline in small boats, helicopters, and float-equipped aircraft.search after the 1964 quake helped to launch a new field of megathrust earthquake geology, which used observations … Continue Reading »

2016 Recipient

Lev P. Vinnik

Lev P. Vinnik serves as the head of the Group of Seismological Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physics of the Earth, based in Moscow. A pioneer in body-wave seismology for more than 50 years, Vinnik is well-known for his careful and meticulous data analyses and for developing … Continue Reading »

2015 Recipient

Christopher H. Scholz

Throughout his 50-year career, Christopher Scholz, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has brought a unique, interdisciplinary approach to seismology that bridges the gap from laboratory studies of rock mechanics to fundamental studies of crustal-scale deformation. … Continue Reading »

2014 Recipient

Thorne Lay

An influential seismologist and community leader whose research has refined our understanding of the Earth’s deep interior, Thorne Lay was honored by SSA at the 2015 annual meeting in Pasadena, Calif. Known for consistently contributing to advances in some of the most difficult problems in seismology, Lay’s broad scientific outlook is reflected … Continue Reading »

2013 Recipient

Kerry Edward Sieh

The Seismological Society of America (SSA) presented its highest honor, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal, to Kerry Edward Sieh, Director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, at its  annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska April 30-May 02, 2014. Throughout his career, geologist Kerry Sieh … Continue Reading »

2012 Recipient

James Rice

The Seismological Society of America (SSA) presented its highest honor, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal, to James R. Rice, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics at Harvard University, at its annual meeting April 17-19 in Salt Lake City. First awarded in 1975, the Harry Fielding Reid Medal is … Continue Reading »