Date: 08 Mar 2012

Our warm congratulations go to Professor Eric Wolff who has been awarded the Geological Society’s prestigious Lyell Medal for his significant contribution to science by means of his substantial body of research.


Eric is a world-renowned scientist most notable for his contributions in the study of ice core palaeoclimate. He leads the BAS science programme Chemistry and Past Climate, has chaired the science committee of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA), which produced 800,000 year records of climate from the Dome C (Antarctica) ice core, and co-chairs the international initiative to coordinate future ice core research. As lead Principal Investigator of the UK-French QUEST-DESIRE project, he has developed a strong interest in interpreting the changes in greenhouse gas concentrations across glacial-interglacial cycles.

Eric has already achieved a number of accolades for his work. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010, and, in April 2009 his outstanding contributions to the study of the chemical composition of snow cover and ice cores and their use in the determination of past climates, pollution and atmospheric chemistry was recognised by the award of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2009 Louis Agassiz Medal.

This new award, named after Charles Lyell the eminent nineteenth-century geologist, is made by the Geological Society’s Council to people who demonstrate breadth as well as depth in their contributions to science. Founded in 1807 the Geological Society of London is the UK national society for geoscience, and the oldest geological society in the world.

Eric will be presented with his medal at Society’s President’s Day on 13 June.