The Vetlesen Prize

 
 

The Vetlesen Prize was established in 1959 by the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation. It is awarded for scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, or its relation to the universe. Designed to be the Nobel Prize of the earth sciences, the prize is administered by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Competition for the Vetlesen Prize is open to any individual worldwide. The prize includes a cash award of $250,000 and the medal.

 

2017 Call for Nominations

Nominations for 2017 Vetlesen Prize Laureate will be accepted through Aug. 1, 2016. Lean more.

 

Past Vetlesen Laureates

Click here  for a list of past Veltesen Laureates

 

G. Unger Vetlesen

Georg Unger Vetlesen was a Norwegian sailor and naval engineer who became a successful ship builder in the United States. He served as a commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and later became president and chairman of the U.S. company representing the Norwegian American Line. He also was a founder and chairman of the board of the Scandinavian Airline System, Inc. G. Unger Vetlesen established the foundation which bears his name shortly before his death in 1955. In addition to the Vetlesen Prize, the foundation provides support in the Earth sciences for institutions of excellence.  Learn more

 

2015 Vetlesen Prize Laureate

Professor Stephen Sparks, a geologist at the University of Bristol who modernized volcanology, was the 2015 Vetlesen Prize Laureate.  Learn more.

 

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