Alan Higgins Award
annually to a young
scientist in recognition of significant achievement in the field of
applied and industrial micropalaeontology.
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
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
All nominations must be made on
the following Nomination Pro-Forma
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.
recipients of the Alan Higgins Award:
- 2011: Bridget Wade
- 2010: Severyn Kender