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John Catt receives Geological Society's Distinguished Service Award

Significant contribution to the geological community

John Catt receives Geological Society's Distinguished Service Award

On 3rd June, the Geological Society's President's Day, Professor John Catt received the Society's 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the President, Professor David Manning.

The Distinguished Service Award goes annually to a geologist who has made 'a significant contribution to the geological community by virtue of their professional, administrative, organisational or promotional activities'. It was one of 11 medals and awards presented at the meeting to working or retired members of the geological profession.

After graduating in Geology and completing his PhD at Hull University, John worked from 1963 to 1999 at Rothamsted Experimental Station in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. There he carried out research on soil genesis, palaeosols and Quaternary stratigraphy, soil erosion, and contamination of rivers and lakes by agricultural pesticides and plant nutrients.

Since retiring John has been Honorary Professor in UCL Geography, continuing his research and writing or editing books.  Recent books have included Hertfordshire Geology and Landscape, published in 2010 by the Hertfordshire Natural History Society, and The History of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA, 2014).


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John (left) receiving his award from Professor David Manning (Credit: Geological Society)


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