2024 Recipient

Norman A. Abrahamson

Norman A. Abrahamson, adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis, and former engineering seismologist at Pacific Gas & Electric Co, is the 2024 recipient of the Harry Fielding Reid Medal. Abrahamson is recognized as a global leader in the field … Continue Reading »

2023 Recipient

Brian L. N. Kennett

Brian L. N. Kennett, emeritus professor of seismology at the Australian National University, is the recipient of the 2023 Harry Fielding Reid Medal, Kennett is recognized for research spanning almost all areas of seismology, especially wave propagation, portable network deployments, seismic tomography and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS). He is perhaps … Continue Reading »

2021 Recipient

William Ellsworth

Ellsworth is recognized for his critical contributions to earthquake location, earthquake nucleation, earthquake recurrence and induced seismicity research. With Felix Waldhauser, Ellsworth developed the double-difference (DD) earthquake location method, which has had a tremendous influence on the field of seismology since the publication of the seminal study in the Bulletin … Continue Reading »

2020 Recipient

Gail M. Atkinson

Gail M. Atkinson is recognized for her seminal contributions in engineering seismology, especially regarding ground motion characterization. She is one of the pioneers of the stochastic ground motion simulation method, used to predict strong ground motions from earthquakes in regions where seismic data are limited. Her work to develop ground-motion … Continue Reading »

2019 Recipient

Karen Fischer

Brown University Professor Karen M. Fischer receives the Reid Medal for her pioneering research on Earth’s upper mantle structure and dynamics, the structure and evolution of continental lithosphere, and the dynamics of subduction systems. She is “an outstanding seismologist who has conducted many observational and modeling studies of the Earth’s … Continue Reading »

2018 Recipient

David M. Boore

USGS emeritus geophysicist David M. Boore received the Reid Medal for his four decades of work on the prediction of strong ground motion from earthquakes. “His contributions in the theory and practice of strong-ground motion estimation have been emulated by both earthquake scientists and earthquake engineers around the world. His … Continue Reading »