JA Prescott Medal

Prof Budiman Minasny

2023 JA Prescott Medal winner

“Outstanding contribution to soil science” 

Prof in Soil-Landscape Modelling, theme leader of Soil, Carbon, and Water at Sydney Institute of Agriculture 

University of Sydney 

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made via email before the closing date in the year in which the Medal is to be awarded.  

  • The candidate needs to be a financial member of the Society.
  • Submission of the candidate for the Award shall be accompanied by a case in support of the candidate.
  • Nominations should be prepared in each case by a nominator and a seconder and be supported by three additional financial members of the Society.
  • Nominations are confidential to the Awarding Committee.

Medal Presentation

The JA Prescott medal is presented by the Federal President or their proxy at a Soil Science Australia national conference or another event determined by the Federal Council.


Award Winners

1972C.G. Stephens
1973not awarded
1974T.J. Marshall
1975J.P. Quirk
1976R.G. Downes
1977K. Norrish
1978J.K. Taylor
1979N. Collis-George
1980R. Brewer
1981B.E. Butler
1982C.H. Williams
1983G.D. Hubble
1984C.G. Hallsworth
1985J.R. Freney
1986K. Lee
1987M. Raupach
1988P.H. Walker
1989O.T. Denmead
1990K.G. Tiller
1991R. Gilkes
1992W.W. Emerson
1993J.N. Ladd
1994R. French
1995G. Aylmore
1996not awarded
1997K. Northcote
1998R.W. Fitzpatrick
1999A. Rovira
2000M.J. Mulcahy
2001B.E. Clothier
2002J.W. Holmes
2003J.M. Oades
2004A.B. McBratney
2005not awarded
2006R.E. White
2007P. Rengasamy
2008R. Dalal
2009M. McLaughlin
2010D. Chen
2011not awarded
2012S.E. Smith
2013J. Churchman
2014A.J. Baldock
2015V.V.S.R. Gupta
2016Rai Kookana
2017Neil McKenzie
2018D. McKenzie
2019N.W. Menzies
2020not awarded
2021B. Singh
2022R. Bell
2023B. Minasnay
James Arthur Prescott [1890-1987]

James Arthur Prescott (1890-1987)

was born in England, moving to Australia in 1924 as Professor of Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. From 1929 he was Chief of the Division of Soils CSIR, and from 1938 to 1955 he was the Director of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, South Australia.When Prescott came to Australia he was just beginning to make some impact on the scientific world. Prescott was to further the development of agricultural science in a revolutionary manner that attracted international attention. In 1951 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London for his fundamental pedological researches and his pioneering work in climatology.