About the F.G. Houtermans Award
The F.G. Houtermans award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 12 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2020 Houtermans Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2007 at the earliest.
The award recognizes a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry, published as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. It is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist.
The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros) and a certificate.
Recipient of the 2020 Houtermans Award: Kun Wang
Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Dr. Wang’s work, using high-precision isotopic analysis by multi-collector inductively-coupled-plasma mass spectrometry of moderately volatile elements Zn, Cu, and K in Earth, planetary, and meteoritic materials, is making a significant contribution to the field of cosmochemistry. His work on potassium isotopes, in particular, is reshaping leading ideas about the origin of the Moon by giant impact, the relationships and differences between groups of meteorites and their parent bodies, and high-temperature geochemical fractionation processes. In a remarkable series of papers, he has firmly established the robustness of the potassium isotopic measurements and their applicability to a wide range of geochemical problems. Read more
The 2020 Houtermans Award medal lecture ‘Isotopic Constraints on the Origin and Evolution of Martian Volatiles’ is presented at the Goldschmidt 2020 Virtual Conference.
Former recipients of the Houtermans Award
- 2019 Stefan Lalonde, CNRS / Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, France
Citation by Kurt Konhauser
- 2018 Morgan Schaller, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
- 2017 Julie Prytulak, Imperial College London, UK
- 2016 Kate Hendry, University of Bristol, UK
- 2015 Caroline L. Peacock, University of Leeds, UK
- 2014 Liping Qin, University of Science and Technology of China
- 2013 James Day, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
- 2012 Frédéric Moynier, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
- 2011 Maud Boyet, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France
- 2010 Karim Benzerara, University Pierre et Marie Curie, France
- 2009 Nathan Yee, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
- 2008 Nicolas Dauphas, University of Chicago, USA
- 2007 Steve Parman, Brown University, USA
- 2006 James Badro, Institut de Physique du Globe, France
- 2005 Mark E. Hodson, University of York, UK
- 2004 Albert Galy, University of Cambridge, UK
- 2003 Jess F. Adkins, California Institute of Technology, USA
- 2000 Gleb Prokrovsky, Geosciences Environnement Toulouse
- 1999 Eric Hauri, Carnegie Institute, USA
- 1998 Terry Plank, Columbia University, USA
- 1997 Ken Farley, Caltech, USA
- 1995 Marc Chaussidon, CNRS Nancy, France
- 1990 Michel Condomines, Geosciences Montpellier, France