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Whitaker & Younger Medal

The Whitaker Medal is awarded in memory of the distinguished geologist William Whitaker, and was first awarded by the Institution of Water Engineers in 1930 to R.C.S. Walters for his paper on the hydrogeology of the Chalk in England.

Since that time, the Institution and its successors awarded the Medal a further 14 times to a total of 24 individuals. Since 1996, the Medal has been awarded by the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society in recognition of an outstanding contribution to hydrogeology.

Please see our guidance on the submission of nominations below.

Medal recipients

Awards made by the Hydrogeological Group since 1996

  • 2019: R Brassington
  • 2018: P Younger
  • 2017: J Dottridge
  • 2016: J H Tellam
  • 2012: P A Marsland
  • 2011: K M Hiscock
  • 2010: J Aldrick
  • 2009: J A Barker
  • 2008: J Chilton
  • 2007: R C Harris
  • 2005: G Williams
  • 2004: G P Jones
  • 2002: A C Skinner
  • 2000: J D Mather
  • 1999: W M Edmunds
  • 1997: L Clark
  • 1996: M Price

Awards made by the IWE and IWES from 1930 to 1985

Year Author(s) Title
1985  P G Eccles  Sulby reservoir, Isle of Man: design and construction 
1983  K R Rushton, E J Smith and L M Tomlinson  An improved understanding of flow in a limestone aquifer using field evidence and mathematical models 
1982  R J E Hawnt, J B Joseph and R J Flavin  Experience with borehole recharge in the Lee Valley 
1981  J W Lloyd  The importance of drift deposit influences on the hydrogeology of major British aquifers 
1980  K J Edworthy and R A Downing  Artificial groundwater recharge and its relevance in Britain 
1976  P E R Lovelock, M Price and T K Tate  Groundwater conditions in the Penrith Sandstone at Cliburn, Westmorland 
1975  S S D Foster and R I Crease  Nitrate pollution of Chalk groundwater in East Yorkshire? A hydrogeological appraisal 
1974  E Morton*  A review of geology on the design and construction of impounding dams 
1971  J Ineson*  Development of groundwater resources in England and Wales 
1969  M F Kennard and J L Knill  Reservoirs on limestone with particular reference to the Cow Green scheme 
1957  E S Hibber  The hydrogeology of the Wirral peninsula 
1955  D Halton Thomson  Hydrogeological conditions in the Chalk at Compton, West Sussex (papers presented in 1921, 1931, 1938, 1941 and 1954) 
1949  A L Lyon  The hydrogeology of the Coventry district 
1942  F H Edmunds  Outlines of underground water supply in England and Wales 
1930  R C S Walters  The hydrogeology to the Chalk in England 

* denotes posthumous award

Guidance on the submission of nominations for 2020

Nominations should be made on the Whitaker Medal nomination form (HG1) and the Younger Medal nomination form (HG2).

The Whitaker Medal will be awarded in recognition outstanding long-term contribution to the Hydrogeological Community.  Successful nominees are likely to be well known names who have provided support to the community in many ways over many years, but don’t have to be necessarily immediately approaching retirement!

Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified of their nomination so to avoid potential disappointment the nominees should not be informed that they are being nominated.

The awards will be presented at the Women in Hydrogeology event at Burlington House on 28th February.

The Younger Medal will be awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Hydrogeological Community by means of a specific activity (recognition of career length service will be given via the Whitaker Medal).  The award recognises outstanding contribution; examples of what constitute an outstanding contribution might include:

  • Authorship of a landmark paper
  • Authorship of a book (either educational or a research volume)
  • Key role in bringing hydrogeology to the wider community (e.g. work in overseas development of education)
  • Development of a significant new piece of equipment of new technique
It is expected that successful recipients could be at any stage within their career (and nominations of either the Whitaker or Younger medals would not necessarily preclude nomination of the other).  The award is likely to recognise a specific piece of work undertaken in the relatively recent past.

Unlike the Whitaker Medal, runners up will be notified of their nominations.