About the F.G. Houtermans Award
The F.G. Houtermans award is bestowed annually by the EAG in recognition of exceptional contributions to geochemistry by an early career scientist. It is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist.
To be eligible, nominees must be within 12 years equivalent full time employment (in an academic environment) from the commencement of their 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 2024 F.G. Houtermans Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2011 at the earliest (but see information on career breaks here).
Nominations of underrepresented groups are encouraged.
We are committed to promoting the diversity of our awardees, to recognizing a wide range of different types of exceptional contribution, and we acknowledge the different career paths that lead to the achievement of such contributions.
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 2023 Houtermans Award:
Peking University, China
Ming Tang is recognized for forging new paths, thinking in new ways about old problems, and having a significant impact on our understanding of Earth, particularly the evolution of continental crust. He is also a kind-hearted and patient mentor who inspires those around him. Read more
The 2023 Houtermans Award Lecture, “Continent emergence hindered by suppressed topography on early Earth“, was presented at the Goldschmidt2023 Conference. The recording of the lecture, including a citation by William McDonough, can be viewed here.
Former recipients of the Houtermans Award
- 2022 Raffaella Demichelis, Curtin University, Australia – Citation by Andrew Putnis and Acceptance by Raffaella Demichelis
- 2021 Paolo Sossi, ETH Zürich, Switzerland – Citation (video) by Hugh O’Neill and Frédéric Moynier and Acceptance (video) by Paolo Sossi
- 2020 Kun Wang, Washington University in St. Louis, USA – Citation by Frédéric Moynier and Acceptance by Kun Wang
- 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