The Sidney Powers Memorial Award is given in recognition of distinguished and outstanding contributions to, or achievements in, petroleum geology. It is AAPG’s most distinguished award, and is made at such times as the Executive Committee may designate, but not more than once in any calendar year.

2014

Ernest A. Mancini

2013

Dietrich H. Welte

2012

Koenraad Johan Weber, PhD

2011

John W. Shelton PhD

2010

Leonard Franklin Brown, Jr., PhD

2009

Marlan Wayne Downey

2008

Fred Franke Meissner

2007

Arnold Heiko Bouma, PhD

2006

Robert Mitchell Mitchum, Jr.

2005

Kenneth William Glennie, DSc

2004

Lawrence W. Funkhouser

2003

Peter Robbins Vail, PhD

2002

James Lee Wilson

2001

Robert M. Sneider

2000

Gerald Manfred Friedman, PhD

1999

Norman H. Foster

1998

Albert Walter Bally

1997

Robert D. Gunn

1996

Bernold M. Hanson

1995

John D. Haun

1994

William L. Fisher

1993

Robert Raymond Berg, PhD

1992

Sherman A. Wengerd

1991

John E. Kilkenny

1990

John E. Galey

1989

Hugh N. Frenzel

1988

Rufus Joseph Leblanc

1987

James E. Wilson, Jr.

1986

Merrill W. Haas

1985

J. Ben Carsey

1984

Robert J. Weimer

1983

Grover E. Murray

1982

Daniel A. Busch

1981

Mason L. Hill

1980

Kenneth K. Landes

1979

William H. Curry, Jr.

1978

Kenneth H. Crandall, Jr.

1977

Michel Thomas Halbouty

1976

W. Dow Hamm, Jr.

1975

Dean A. McGee

1974

G. Moses Knebel

1973

Gordon I. Atwater

1972

Morgan J. Davis, Sr.

1971

Frank A. Morgan

1970

Frank R. Clark

1969

Ira H. Cram, Sr.

1968

Maurice Ewing

1967

Carey Croneis

1966

William B. Heroy, Sr.

1965

V. E. Monnett

1964

Edgar W. Owen

1963

Hollis D. Hedberg

1962

Lewis G. Weeks

1961

Clarence L. Moody

1960

Henry V. Howe

1959

Raymond C. Moore

1958

Paul Weaver

1957

Joseph P. D. Hull

1956

W. E. Wrather

1954

George Martin Lees

1953

Frederic H. Lahee

1952

Kenneth C. Heald

1951

Max Steinke

1950

Everette L. DeGolyer

1948

A. I. Levorsen

1947

Alexander Deussen

1945

Wallace E. Pratt

Restrictions

The recipient must be a Member of the Association. A candidate must be living at the time of selection and willing to be present to receive the medal and certificate at the time and place designated by the Executive Committee, normally at the Annual Convention.

Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates

Consideration should emphasize contributions to petroleum geology – not necessarily service to the Association. Contributions may have been in a variety of forms or combinations, such as a significant development in geologic concepts, advancement in discovery thinking, leadership in exploration and the development of explorationists, inspiration and academic preparation of petroleum geologists, etc. Publication is not a necessary criterion; it is recognized that in today’s competitive world, publication may not be feasible for many very able explorationists. Honorary Membership is not a prerequisite for consideration, but it may serve as a useful checklist for potential candidates.

Procedure for Recommendation

Nominations for this award should be submitted, along with documentation, to the Chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee at Association Headquarters. The Committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the Advisory Council, which in turn will submit its selection to the Executive Committee for final action.

Description of Award

The gold plated medal features a bas-relief likeness of Sidney Powers and the name of the Association on the obverse side. On the reverse side are inscribed the words, “Awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Petroleum Geology,” along with the name of the recipient. The medal is mounted in multi-sided acrylic and is presented along with an embossed certificate and a lapel pin tack. Honorary Membership is automatically bestowed upon recipients of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, if they have not already received that honor.

History

The Powers Medal was first awarded in 1945 to Wallace E. Pratt.

Sidney Powers was a founding member and 14th President of the Association. He died in 1932 at the age of 42. Frank R. Clark, in his memorial to Sidney Powers said, “Sidney Powers will be known by future generations for his able contributions to pure and applied geology, but, important as are his scientific achievements, his character was greater, because it typified service to others.”

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