Professor Paul Bates awarded John Dalton medal by European Geosciences Union

Awards and prizes 16.11.2023

Fathom’s Chairman, Professor Paul Bates CBE FRS, has been chosen as the 2024 recipient of the John Dalton medal for his ‘distinguished research in hydrology’.

The medal was awarded by the European Geosciences Union (EGU); the leading organization for Earth, planetary and space research in Europe. 

This prestigious medal was created by the EGU’s Hydrological Sciences Division in honor of the scientific accomplishments of John Dalton. Every year, the EGU awards and medals programme honors the lifetime achievements and exceptional work by scientists in geosciences research. 

Our Chairman, Professor Paul Bates was chosen as the 2024 recipient for his contribution to the science of flooding, which includes numerical solutions of the shallow water equations and the development of the LISFLOOD-FP hydrodynamic model. This work is now used by engineering firms, insurers, banks, governments and research firms around the globe to help manage and mitigate flood risk. Paul continues to publish academic research – to date he has published over 270 papers in international journals, which have been cited more than 38,000 times. 

On hearing the news, Paul said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded the EGU’s John Dalton medal. Such days are very special indeed and it means an enormous amount.”

Paul joins an eminent list of recipients, with the John Dalton medal awarded in previous years to scientists including: Professor Taikan Oki, Dr Martha Anderson and Professor Günter Blöschl. 

For Paul, the medal adds to his already impressive collection of accolades, including being named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to flood risk management in 2019, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2021 and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2015. 

The John Dalton medal will officially be presented to Paul in Vienna during EGU’s 2024 General Assembly (April 14-19, 2024), after which he will give a prize lecture to attendees. 

Please join us in congratulating Professor Paul Bates on this achievement!

Head to the EGU website for the complete list of 2024 awards and medals.

What is the EGU General Assembly?

The annual General Assembly is the largest European geosciences event and provides an opportunity for the academic community to come together to present their research and learn from one another. The 2023 event attracted over 19,000 scientists, including a party from Fathom. A number of the team presented their research at the event, through a mixture of talks and posters. 

Learn more about Fathom’s presence at the EGU 2023 event

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