This year’s medals and awards were presented last night in recognition of extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork, photography, teaching, and in enthusing public audiences. The medals and awards celebration followed the Society’s Annual General Meeting.
Professor Michael Storper and Bob Geldof KBE were presented with the Society’s two Royal Medals, which are of equal standing and have been approved by Her Majesty the Queen.
The Royal Medals have been presented since the 1830s and are among the highest honours of their kind in the world. Past Royal Medal recipients include David Livingstone, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Professor Diana Liverman and Sir David Attenborough.
Michael Storper, Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, received the Founder’s Medal for scholarship and leadership in human and economic geography.
Bob Geldof received this year’s Patron’s Medal for raising global public awareness and challenging the causes of inequality in Africa.
This year, the Society’s medals and awards recognised twenty-one different individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to geography. Among other recipients, Dr Wendy Darke, Head of the BBC Natural History Unit, was awarded the Cherry Kearton Medal and Award for cinematography of the natural world.
Seven new members of Council were announced at the Society’s AGM. The annual reception followed the medals and awards ceremony, with guests invited to view the Britain from the Air exhibition in the Society’s Pavilion and garden.
Today is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion we’re acknowledging the work of female geographers in developing the discipline.
8 March 2019
Space and time on Earth are regulated by the prime (Greenwich) meridian, 0'. Before the 1880s more than 25 prime meridians were in use, resulting in problems of global measurement that engaged geographers, astronomers and navigators.
13 March 2017
No Man’s Land expedition to travel 6,000 miles through 19 countries exploring the origins and development of No Man’s Lands and uncovering their impacts on modern day society.
8 July 2015
Sam Bunker is a Research and Clearance Project Manager at Getty Images in London.
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