The Harrison Schmitt Award recognizes individuals or organizations that, for a variety of reasons, do not qualify for other Association honors or awards. The recipient is not required to be an AAPG member.


Examples of Past Awards

Examples of such awards are those given to Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger (posthumously) for their development of the electrical log, to Harrison Schmitt for his contribution as the first geologist to land on the moon and study its geology, to John Bookout for “excellence in exploration leadership;” and to Norman Foster and Ted Beaumont for the “Treatise of Petroleum Geology.”

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. In the event that the Honors and Awards Committee and Advisory Council are not able to take action on the recommendation in a timely fashion, it will be referred directly to the Executive Committee of the Association for action.

Description of Award

This award is a plaque with the AAPG medallion and a plate bearing the name of the award, recipient’s name, the date and citation.


In 2011 the name of the award was changed from the Special Award to the Harrison Schmitt Award.


The AAPG provides funding for the Harrison Schmitt Award.

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