UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


UCL Professor wins Geological Society Bigsby Medal

2 March 2021

Professor Bridget Wade of UCL Earth Sciences has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Geological Society Bigsby Medal.

Prof. Wade with the Bigsby Medal

The Bigsby Medal is named after its founder, John Jeremiah Bigsby (1792 - 1881), and is awarded by the Geological Society as "an acknowledgement of eminent services in any department of Geology". The medal was awarded every two years from its inception in 1877 until 2005, since then it has been awarded annually.

Bridget was originally due to be presented with the medal at an awards ceremony in June 2020, which was postponed due to the pandemic. The ceremony finally took place virtually on 25 February 2021.

Bridget joined UCL in 2013, where she was made Professor of Micropalaentology. She studied as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds, followed by graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her career then took her to Cardiff University, Rutgers University and Texas A&M University, as well as the Ocean Drilling Program and Tanzania Drilling Project. Her previous awards include the Palaentological Association Hodson Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the Paleontology Society Charles Schuchert Award, as well as being a guest presenter on the 2020 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.


Image Credit - Professor Bridget Wade