The Harry Fielding Reid Medal

ssamedalc2The Harry Fielding Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America is awarded for outstanding contributions in seismology or earthquake engineering. It is awarded no more frequently than once in any calendar year. The medal is presented at the annual meeting following the year of the award.

Call for Nominations

Nomination Procedure

At least two but no more than five members of the Society may forward the name of a nominee together with a letter from each nominating member and a single, optional, curriculum vitae with bibliography in support of their nominee to the Secretary of the Society (address given below) on or before 15 February of each year. Each nomination letter may have more than one signer, but each signer should sign only one letter. To simplify communications with the Secretary, it is requested that all nominators for a particular nominee select among themselves a chief nominator through whom all correspondences with the Society will pass. Please note that the principal nominator should integrate the nomination letters and send ONE nomination package to ensure that all letters of endorsement reach the decision makers on time. Questions may be directed to the Chair of the Honors Committee, Peter Shearer ( Please list Reid Medal – Question as the subject line.

Nominations for all SSA awards are solicited from the members to be sent to the SSA Secretary, by the due date of 15 February. Electronic submissions should be e-mailed in .TXT, .PDF or .DOC files to <>. While electronic submissions are encouraged, hard copies may be mailed to:

Secretary, Seismological Society of America
c/o Nan Broadbent
400 Evelyn Ave, Suite 201
Albany, CA 94706-1375
Fax: +1-510-525-7204

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 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 »

2011 Recipient

Barbara Romanowicz

Through the course of her career, Barbara Romanowicz has studied the Earth from its surface to its center, establishing herself as one of the most influential seismologists of her time. For her outstanding contributions in seismology and earthquake engineering, the Seismological Society of America (SSA) awarded Romanowicz its top honor, … Continue Reading »

2010 Recipient

Tatyana G. Rautian

A heavyweight in the field of seismology who drove research efforts in the former Soviet Union, Tanya Glebovna Rautian, often called “The Charles Richter of the former Soviet Union” and “generator of ideas,” has dedicated her life to the development of seismology and science in central Asia. She is widely … Continue Reading »