Professor Peter Read, Fellow and Tutor in Physics, is to be awarded the Lewis Fry Richardson Medal by the European Geosciences Union (EGU).
Professor Read is to be one of the recipients of next year’s Union Medals and Awards, Division Medals, and Division Outstanding Young Scientists Awards, which are presented to individuals, from around the world, to honour their important contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The awards will be made at the EGU 2016 General Assembly, which will take place in Vienna in April 2016.
The Lewis Fry Richardson Medal is generally awarded for distinction in the science of nonlinear processes in geophysics and the Earth and planetary sciences – which includes topics such as chaos theory, fractals, fluid turbulence and complex systems.
The awards is named after L F Richardson, who was an extraordinary interdisciplinary scientist, credited, among many other things, with essentially inventing the method of numerical weather prediction some thirty or more years before the availability of electronic computers. A real polymath, who was a Quaker conscientious objector in the First World War (serving as an ambulance driver at the front line) and ended his scientific career making seminal contributions to the study of the causes of war.
The European Geosciences Union, is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences and the planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It was established in September 2002 as a merger of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG), and has headquarters in Munich, Germany.
Posted: 1 November 2015