Past Awards Recipients


The Society Medal

The Society Medal – renamed the Harry Fielding Reid Medal in 2005 – has been awarded for outstanding contributions in seismology or earthquake engineering since 1976.

1976: Perry Byerly
1977: Charles F. Richter
1978: Inge Lehmann
1979: Harold Jeffries
1981: Kiyoo Wadati
1982: George W. Housner
1983: Frank Press
1984: Jack E. Oliver
1986: John A. Blume
1987: Keiiti Aki
1988: Otto W. Nuttli
1989: Robert E. Wallace
1990: Leon Knopoff
1992: Hiroo Kanamori
1994: Karl V. Steinbrugge
1996: Clarence R. Allen
1997: James N. Brune
1998: Lynn R. Sykes
1999: James C. Savage
2000: Adam Dziewonski
2001: C. Allin Cornell
2002: Donald V. Helmberger
2003: Raul Madariaga
2005: Freeman Gilbert
2006: Nicholas Ambraseys
2007: Nafi Toksöz
2008: F. Anthony Dahlen
2009: Ralph Joseph Archuleta
2010: Tatyana G. Rautian
2011: Barbara Romanowicz
2012: James Rice
2013: Kerry Edward Sieh
2014: Thorne Lay
2015: Christopher H. Scholz
2016: Lev P. Vinnik
2017: George Plafker
2018: David M. Boore


Charles F. Richter Early Career Award

Established in 2005, the Charles F. Richter Early Career Award honors outstanding contributions to the goals of the Society by a member early in her or his career.

2005: Emily Brodsky
2006: Jeanne Hardebeck
2008: Miaki Ishii
2009: Karen Felzer
2010: Zhigang Peng
2011: David Shelly
2012: Katsuichiro Goda
2013: Vedran Lekic
2014: Victor Tsai
2015: Fan-Chi Lin
2016: Diego Melgar Moctezuma
2017: Annemarie Baltay
2018: Amanda Thomas


The Frank Press Public Service Award

Also established in 2005, the Frank Press Public Service Award award honors outstanding contributions to the advancement of public safety or public information relating to seismology.

2005: Frank Press
2008: David Wald
2009: Art Frankel
2010: Hugo Yepes
2011: Eric Calais
2012: Randall White
2015: Walter J. Arabasz
2016: Michael E. Wysession
2017: Lori Dengler
2018: Lucy Jones


Distinguished Service to SSA Award

Since 2003, the Distinguished Service to SSA Award has honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the Seismological Society of America.

2003: John Ebel
2006: Wilbur Rinehart
2007: Michael Fehler
2008: Joe Litehiser
2011: Andy Michael
2015: Susan Newman
2016: Diane I. Doser
2017: Keith Knudsen