About the F.G. Houtermans Award

The F.G. Houtermans award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 12 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2020 Houtermans Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2007 at the earliest.

The award recognizes a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry, published as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. It is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist.

The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros) and a certificate.

Recipient of the 2020 Houtermans Award: Kun Wang

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Dr. Wang’s work, using high-precision isotopic analysis by multi-collector inductively-coupled-plasma mass spectrometry of moderately volatile elements Zn, Cu, and K in Earth, planetary, and meteoritic materials, is making a significant contribution to the field of cosmochemistry. His work on potassium isotopes, in particular, is reshaping leading ideas about the origin of the Moon by giant impact, the relationships and differences between groups of meteorites and their parent bodies, and high-temperature geochemical fractionation processes. In a remarkable series of papers, he has firmly established the robustness of the potassium isotopic measurements and their applicability to a wide range of geochemical problems. Read more

The 2020 Houtermans Award medal lecture ‘Isotopic Constraints on the Origin and Evolution of Martian Volatiles’ is presented at the Goldschmidt 2020 Virtual Conference.

View the Citation by Frédéric Moynier and Response by Kun Wang

Former recipients of the Houtermans Award