George Davidson Medal

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George Davidson

The George Davidson Medal is awarded by the American Geographical Society for the "exceptional achievement in research for exploration in the Pacific Ocean or the lands bordering therein."[1] In 1946, the American Geographical Society received a bequest of $5000 from his daughter Ellinor Campbell Davidson to established the medal and a research fund to honor her father. The medal was designed by American sculptor Paul Manship in 1951.[2]


George Davidson was a geographer and scientist noted for his work with the U.S. government exploring and charting the western United States and Alaska. Davidson was a geodist for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, working heavily in the Pacific waters. He later became a professor at the University of California.[2] In 1907, he published The Discovery of San Francisco Bay.


The following people received the award in the year specified:[3]


  1. ^ "George Davidson Medal". American Geographical Society. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  2. ^ a b Wright, John Kirtland 'The Years of Henry Grinnell', Geography in the Making: The American Geographical Society 1851-1951 (1952) pp. 14-70. — [George Grady Press]
  3. ^ "The George Davidson Medal". American Geographical Society. Retrieved June 17, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • "The World Its Oyster". The New York Times. 1952-06-01.
  • "Geographers Sift Point Four Factors". The Christian Science Monitor. 1952-08-09.
  • "Five Geographers to Receive Medals". The New York Times. 1952-07-21.

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