The Vetlesen Prize


The Vetlesen Prize was established in 1959 by the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation. The prize is awarded for scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, or its relations 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 anywhere in the world. The prize consists of a cash award of $250,000 and a medal.

2015 Vetlesen Prize Laureate

Professor Stephen Sparks, University of Bristol is the 2015 Vetlesen Prize Laureate.  Click here  for more information.

G. Unger Vetlesen

Georg Unger Vetlesen  was born in the seaport city of Oslo, the son of a well-known Norwegian surgeon. From his early years, he loved the sea, and at the age of eleven signed on as a crew member on a ship bound for Copenhagen...

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Past Vetlesen Laureates

  Click here  for a list of past Veltesen Laureates


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