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The Alan Higgins Award

Presented annually to a young scientist in recognition of significant achievement in the field of applied and industrial micropalaeontology.

Alan Charles Higgins (1936–2004), was a micropalaeontologist and expert on conodonts, who made major contributions to Palaeozoic biostratigraphy, and helped firmly establish the value of micropalaeontology in hydrocarbon exploration. He was the founding member of TMS, its past Chairman and Honorary Member.

The Higgins Award is given to a young scientist, less than 10 years from graduation, in recognition of significant achievement in the field of applied and industrial micropalaeontology, as documented by publications, software, patents, leadership or educational activities. The award has been established with the help of Alan’s family and friends, to commemorate his contribution to micropalaeontology and to encourage young researchers in the field. It will be presented in person at the Society’s AGM in November, and one award will usually be made each year. The award has a value of £300, but more importantly, it is meant to serve as a substantive endorsement of the value of the recipient’s work, made by his peers.
The first award was made in 2010.

Mechanism for making a nomination:

All nominations must be made on the following 
Nomination Pro-Forma and submitted to the Society Secretary. Nominations can be made by any TMS member. The nominees need not be members of TMS. The award is normally given annually and resubmission of unsuccessful nominees is possible. Nominations must be received by the 28th February. Nominations must be made in the strictest confidence and in no circumstance should the person nominated be informed.

Past recipients of the Alan Higgins Award:
  • 2011: Bridget Wade
  • 2010: Severyn Kender

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The Microvertebrate Group The Palynology Group The Foraminifera Group The Silicofossil Group The Nannofossil Group The Ostracod Group The Foraminifera Group The Microvertebrate Group The Nannofossil Group The Ostracod Group The Palynology Group The Silicofossil Group About the Society. Profile, constitution, officers... Membership and how to join The Society Meetings Publications of The Micropalaeontological Society The Charles Downie award and other schemes Book Reviews, Conference Reports... Useful WWW links