JA Prescott Medal

The JA Prescott Medal is awarded annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to soil science. The JA Prescott recipient receives a medal and a certificate. The Award is open to financial members of Soil Science Australia and other Australian soil scientists.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made on the prescribed application form, available from the Federal Office or Soil Science Australia website at the beginning of each calendar year. Nominations must be submitted electronically to the Federal Secretary and the Federal Office before the closing date in the year in which the Medal is to be awarded.
Nominations are to be prepared nominator and a seconder and supported by three additional financial Members of Soil Science Australia.

Medal Presentation

The JA Prescott medal ispresented by the Federal President or their proxy at each national conference held by Soil Science Australia or at another event determined by the Federal Council.

Award Winners

1972C.G. Stephens1990K.G. Tiller2008R. Dalal
1973-1991R. Gilkes2009M. McLaughlin
1974T.J. Marshall1992W.W. Emerson2010D. Chen
1975J.P. Quirk1993J.N. Ladd2011-
1976R.G. Downes1994R. French2012S.E. Smith (Sally)
1977K. Norrish1995G. Aylmore2013Jock Churchman
1978J.K. Taylor1996-2014 A.J. Baldock
1979N. Collis-George1997K. Northcote2015V.V.S.R. Gupta 
1980R. Brewer1998R.W. Fitzpatrick2016 Rai Kookana
1981B.E. Butler1999A. Rovira2017Neil McKenzie.
1982C.H. Williams2000M.J. Mulcahy2018Dr David McKenzie
1983G.D. Hubble2001B.E. Clothier  
1984C.G. Hallsworth2002J.W. Holmes  
1985J.R. Freney2003J.M. Oades  
1986K. Lee2004A.B. McBratney  
1987M. Raupach2005-  
1988P.H. Walker2006R.E. White  
1989O.T. Denmead2007P. Rengasamy  

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.