Honor recognizes geologist’s “original contributions to the basic knowledge of the crust and lithosphere”
Cambridge, Mass. - August 13, 2012 - James R. Rice, Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), has been selected to receive the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2012 Walter H. Bucher Medal.
The honor, which will be formally bestowed at a ceremony in December, recognizes Rice’s “original contributions to the basic knowledge of the crust and lithosphere.”
A mechanical engineer by training, Rice is an expert on the solid and fluid mechanics of stressing, deformation, fracture and flow. His research impacts the study of earthquakes and tectonics, glaciation, landslides, tsunamis, and other processes involved in surface geology. His work has also greatly affected the fields of civil and environmental engineering… [more]
Mechanics and geosciences expert honored for seminal contributions to strain localization, poromechanics, and friction
The 2012 Louis Néel Medal has been awarded to James R. Rice for his seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of strain localization, poromechanics, and friction.
The award committee praised his elegant and systematic studies that have elucidated fault mechanics and the coupling with hydrologic and thermal processes during all phases of the earthquake cycle.
This medal, given on behalf of the European Geosciences Union, is reserved for individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in rock magnetism and rock physics and geomaterials.
Rice, Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) at Harvard, is widely recognized as the world’s leading researcher in solid mechanics over the last four decades, having contributed so broadly not only in engineering, but also in geosciences… [more]