Geological Society bestows Bigsby Medal on Prof Dan Parsons

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A University of Hull professor, whose research includes the effect of climate change on rivers and seas, has been awarded the prestigious Bigsby Medal by the Geological Society of London.

A University of Hull professor, whose research includes the effect of climate change on rivers and seas, has been awarded the prestigious Bigsby Medal by the Geological Society of London.

Professor Dan Parsons, of the University of Hull’s Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, received his award at a ceremony in Piccadilly, London.

This is the latest success for the department, which entered the world university rankings top 200 for the Geography subject area this year, in addition to being rated as third in the UK for research impact in Geography and Environmental Sciences.

The Bigsby Medal, founded by John Jeremiah Bigsby (1792-1881), is awarded biennially as an acknowledgement of eminent services to geology to a recipient who has ‘done no more than 25 years full time equivalent research, and is thus probably not too old for further work, and not too young to have done much.’

Prof Parsons said:

I am thrilled and honoured that my work has been acknowledged in this way by the Geological Society of London. Receiving an award is never something you expect and knowing that the award is a result of peer nomination is something that fills me with great pride.

I’d like to sincerely thank my colleagues here in Hull, my early career mentors, my research collaborators and my students for their hard work and support over the years.

Prof Parsons collected his award at an event on June 3, alongside geologists from universities such as Cambridge and St Andrews.

Professor Stephen Kelly, Dean of the University of Hull’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, said:

It’s marvelous when the exceptional achievements of our academics receive the external recognition they deserve.

The Geological Society of London is a professional body that places great emphasis on the advancement of geological science, and this is undoubtedly something Prof Parsons is achieving here at the University of Hull.

On behalf of all the staff and students of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, I would like to extend our congratulations to Dan.

For more information on the awards, please see: www.geolsoc.org.uk/awards