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Medals and awards

Since 1832, our prestigious medals and awards have recognised excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement.

They are presented annually in recognition of those who have made outstanding achievements.  Any Fellow or member of the Society may make a nomination.

The 2016 recipients have been announced. Find out more here, or watch the ceremony.

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Previous recipients » Image: 2012 medal and award recipients © Howard Sayer

History of the medals and awards

History of the medals and awards » Image: Founder's Medal and Patron's Medal

Her Majesty The Queen approves the award of two Gold Medals every year. They originated in 1831, as an annual gift of fifty guineas from King William IV.

In 1839, the Society decided that this sum should be converted into two gold medals of equal value, to be designated the Founder’s Medal and the Patron’s Medal.

Today, the Society's Gold Medals are among the highest international accolades and are awarded for the encouragement and promotion of geography, science and discovery.

Medals and Awards list and descriptions (PDF)

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