Geochemical Society

The Geochemical Society is a nonprofit scientific organization founded to encourage the application of chemistry to solve problems involving geology and cosmology. The society promotes understanding of geochemistry through the annual Goldschmidt Conference, publication of a peer-reviewed journal and electronic newsletter, awards programs recognizing significant accomplishments in the field, and student development programs. The society's offices are located on the campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.

Geophysical Society
Formation1951; 72 years ago (1951)[1]
TypeScientific society
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit[2]
PurposePromotes geochemistry and cosmochemistry
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States
4,500 members in 74 countries as of 1 September 2017[3]
Roberta Rudnick[4]
AffiliationsAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Geosciences Institute, Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, European Association of Geochemistry, Geochemical Society of Japan, Geological Society of America, International Union of Geological Sciences, Mineralogical Society of America[5]
Revenue (2017)
Expenses (2017)441,093[3]

Organization and meetingsEdit

The Geochemical Society was founded in 1955 at a meeting of the Geological Society of America. Its first president was Earl Ingerson and dues started at two dollars per year.[1] In 1990 it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1990.[2]

In 1988, the Geochemical society created the Goldschmidt Conferences in honor of the geochemist Victor Goldschmidt (1888–1947),[6] "considered to be the founder of modern geochemistry and crystal chemistry".[7] It was soon joined by the European Association of Geochemistry,[6] and at the 2014 meeting the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the governance and trademark protection of the meeting.[8] The conference is one of the world's largest devoted to geochemistry.[9] The society's board of directors holds its annual meeting during the conference.[6]


The Geochemical Society has nearly 4,000 members from more than 70 countries.[9] Most members are students, researchers and faculty of geochemistry related fields, although anyone with an interest in geochemistry may join. Membership is calendar year and dues are US$35 for a Professional, US$15 for Student, and $20 for Seniors. Membership includes a subscription to Elements Magazine and also offers discounts on Geochemical Society publications, Mineralogical Society of America publications and conference registration discounts at the Goldschmidt Conference, Fall AGU, and the annual GSA conference.[10]


The Geochemical Society publishes, co-publishes, or sponsors the following:[11]


The Geochemical Society presents the following annual awards:[14]

  • V. M. Goldschmidt Award – the society's highest honor, it is awarded for major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry.[15][16]
  • F.W. Clarke Medal – named after Frank Wigglesworth Clarke (1847–1931), a chemist who determined the composition of the Earth's crust, it goes to an early-career scientist for an outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry.[16]
  • C.C. Patterson Medal – named after Clair Cameron Patterson (1922–1995), who developed uranium–lead dating, it recognizes an innovative breakthrough in environmental geochemistry, particularly one of value to society.[16]
  • Alfred Treibs Medal – Named after Alfred E. Treibs (1899–1983), whose papers on porphyrins were the beginning of the field of organic chemistry, it is awarded by the Organic Geochemistry Division (OGD) for major achievements in organic geochemistry.[16] The OGD also presents an annual Best Paper Award for a publication in the previous year.
  • Geochemical Fellows – Starting in 1996, the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) bestow this honor on outstanding scientists who have made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry. Holders of the Goldschmidt and Treibs medals, as well as the Urey Medal of the EAG, are automatically inducted.[17]

The Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Society or the geochemical community, is not awarded every year.[17]

The Geochemical Society sponsors a special lecture at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Called the F. Earl Ingerson Lecture Series, it honors the first president of the Geochemical Society. At the Goldschmidt Conference, the Paul W. Gast Lecture is awarded to a mid-career scientist (under 45 years old) in honor of the first Goldschmidt medalist.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Geochemical Society". Nature. 177 (4501): 213. 4 February 1956. Bibcode:1956Natur.177S.213.. doi:10.1038/177213c0. S2CID 4269309.
  2. ^ a b "About". Geochemical Society. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "2017 report to our members". Geochemical Society. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Board of Directors". Geochemical Society. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Affiliations". Geochemical Society. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "The Goldschmidt Tradition". Goldschmidt. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "V.M. Goldschmidt Award". Geochemical Society. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. ^ "EAG and Geochemical Society, GS". European Association of Geochemistry. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b Barnard, Michael (24 August 2018). "No, Magnesite Isn't The Magic CO2 Sequestration Solution Either". CleanTechnica. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Join the Society". Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Publications". Geochemical Society. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  12. ^ "About Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry". Mineralogical Society of America. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  13. ^ Becker, Thorsten (24 June 2015). "G–Cubed: Building on 15 Years of Publishing Process–Level Science". Eos. 96. doi:10.1029/2015EO031977.
  14. ^ "Awards". Geochemical Society. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  15. ^ Jacobsen, Stein; Papanastassiou, Dimitri; DePaolo, Donald (3 May 2017). "Gerald J. Wasserburg (1927–2016)". Eos. doi:10.1029/2017EO072571.
  16. ^ a b c d "Nominate a colleague for a Geochemical Society award" (PDF). Society News. Geochemical Society. August 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  17. ^ a b c "The Geochemical Society awards" (PDF). Society News. Geochemical Society. April 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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