In his long life and career within the Earth Sciences community, Paul A. Witherspoon (1919−2012) left a legacy as one of the world’s leading hydrogeologists. Witherspoon’s influence on advancing our science and empowering the next generation of hydrogeologists runs much deeper than we can know.
In 2015, AGU established the Paul A. Witherspoon Mid-Career Lecturer in Hydrologic Sciences. The award is intended to promote and reward excellence and outstanding achievements by a mid-career scientist (within 10 to 20 years postdoctoral) in advancing the field of hydrologic sciences. As the scientific community enlarges the scope of hydrological science, not only on the fundamental disciplinary level but also by including more interfaces with other disciplines and society at large, this award is very much needed. While obviously honoring its recipients, the Paul A. Witherspoon award will also honor Paul’s great accomplishments—in advancing the science of hydrology, its application to socially important problems, and Paul’s inspired and dedicated mentoring of young hydrologists. Some of his former students and colleagues recall that Paul himself very much valued mid-career professionals, who often developed significant expertise in one or more areas, and who were ambitious and constantly looking for new research challenges and directions.
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