About Awards and Honors

Since the founding of AGS in 1851, the Society has awarded various honors, awards, and prizes to many historic figures in geography and exploration.  One of the most prestigious honors is to be invited to sign the Fliers and Explorers Globe.  As of today, 79 fliers and explorers have signed the Globe.  AGS also makes provision for 9 distinguished medal awards as well as Honorary Fellowships which are made on a regular basis.  The Medals (in order of their establishment) include:  the Cullum Geographical Medal, the Charles P. Daly Medal, the Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal, the David Livingstone Centenary Medal, the George Davidson Medal, the O. M. Miller Cartographic Medal, the Van Cleef Memorial Medal, the Paul P. Vouras Medal, and the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal.AGS also recognizes excellence through the awarding of special prizes.  Currently, the Society awards the Wrigley-Fairchild Prize. 

The Awards and Honors Committee of the Board of Councilors is responsible for submitting nominees of all awards and honors to the full Board of Councilors.  The Board of Councilors is then responsible for the final selection of all awards and honors recipients. 

TheFliers and Explorers Globe

The Fliers and Explorers’ Globe

Signers of the Fliers’ & Explorers’ Globe over the years are men and women who have explored certain places on earth for the first time in recorded history, reached new extremes of height or depth, pioneered new means of travel, or set aviation records.

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Honorary Fellowships

Honorary Fellowships are bestowed on individuals who have made
significant contributions to the field of geography.

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Cullum Geographical Medal

Cullum Geographical Medal

The Cullum Geographical Medal, was established in 1896 and was the first medal to be awarded by AGS.

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Charles P Daly Medal

Charles P. Daly Medal

The Charles P. Daly Medal was established in 1902 by the will of Judge Charles P. Daly, President of AGS from 1864 to 1899.

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Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal

Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal

The Samuel Finley Breese Morse Medal was established in 1902 with funds bequeathed to the Society by Professor Morse.

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David Livingstone Centenary Medal

David Livingstone Centenary Medal

The David Livingstone Centenary Medal was founded at the initiative of the Hispanic Society of America in March 1913, on the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the great African traveler, Dr. David Livingstone.

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George Davidson Medal

George Davidson Medal

The George Davidson Medal derives from a bequest in 1946 from the estate of Ellinor Campbell Davidson for the establishment of a medal and research fund in memory of her father, George Davidson.

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Osborn Maitland Miller Medal

Osborn Maitland Miller Medal

The Osborn Maitland Miller Cartographic Medal was founded by the AGS Council in 1968 for outstanding contributions in the field of cartography or geodesy.

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Van Cleef Memorial Medal

Van Cleef Memorial Medal

The Van Cleef Memorial Medal was established in 1970 through a gift from Dr. Eugene Van Cleef, who contributed a medal fund in memory of his wife, Frieda.

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Vouras-Medal

Paul P. Vouras Medal

The Paul V. Vouras Medal was established in 1988 through a gift from Dr. Vouras.

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Alexander Ilse Melamid Medal

Alexander & Ilse Melamid Medal

The Alexander & Ilse Melamid Medal was established in 2002 by a gift from Ilse Melamid.

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Wrigley Fairchild Prize-1

Wrigley-Fairchild Prize

The Wrigley-Fairchild Prize was established in 1994 as a way to promote scholarly writing among new scholars.

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