Geological Society honours Leicester academic

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 02, 2012 10:15 AM |
Congratulations to Professor Richard Aldridge, recipient of the 2012 Coke Medal.

Announcing its prize-winners for 2012, the Geological Society has honoured Professor Dick Aldridge from our Department of Geology with this year’s Coke Medal.

The Society awards two Coke Medals each year, which are formally known as the Major John Sacheverell A'Deane Coke and Major Edward D'Ewes Fitzgerald Coke Medals. The medals recognise “a significant contribution to geological science by means of a substantial body of research” together with “significant service to geology, for example through administrative, organisational or promotional activities resulting in benefits to the community.”

Professor Aldridge is Course Leader for our BSc/MGeol in Geology with Paleaobiology and a member of our Palaeobiology Research Group. He is also a former President of the International Palaeontological Association.

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The Geological Society is the world's oldest national scientific and professional society for Earth scientists, founded in 1807. In 1965, Lt.Col. Basil Elmsley Coke, who was a Fellow of the Society, established an endowment fund for his daughter with the instruction that after her death the Geological Society was to become the beneficiary, which happened in 1982.

The two medals were struck from the funds in this bequest and named in honour of Coke’s two cousins who had both died at the Battle of Arnhem. John Coke was captured by German forces then shot while attempting to escape, and his brother Edward was killed shortly afterwards while leading part of the British relief force.

The Coke Medals have been awarded annually since 1984; the other 2012 recipient is Professor Robin Strachan from the University of Portsmouth.

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