About the H.C. Urey Award

The H.C. Urey Award is bestowed annually by the EAG for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career. It is named in honor of Harold Clayton Urey, an American physical chemist whose pioneering work on isotopes earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 and later led him to theories of planetary evolution.

The award is based on scientific excellence as well as the broader impacts candidates have made in their careers to date. Such contributions to the broader geochemical community may include but are not limited to mentorship of young scientists, outreach, encouragement of diversity and inclusion in science or exceptional editorial contributions.

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.
Nominations of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

The award is presented at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference and consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros), a certificate and inclusion as a Geochemistry Fellow.

Recipient of the 2022 Urey Award: William White

Cornell University, USA

Bill White is a pioneer who shaped our understanding of chemical geodynamics of the deep Earth. He has made several fundamental contributions in many areas of geochemistry, but especially to our understanding of geochemical architecture of the mantle, the nature of crustal recycling into the mantle and the evolution of the mantle-crust system. Bill White is also well known for authoring the two most widely used textbooks on geochemistry and isotope geochemistry. Through the generous sharing of his ideas, his influence goes far beyond his publications and permeates all of geochemistry and Earth science. Read more

The 2022 Urey Award Lecture will be presented at the Goldschmidt2022 Conference.

Former recipients of the Urey Award