American Geographical Society Award The Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal to Prof. Andrew Blowers

The American Geographical Society (AGS) awarded Prof. Andrew Blowers, Emeritus Professor at The Open University with the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal at a ceremony held on November 16th 2018 during the Society’s annual Fall Symposium held at Columbia University.

Established in 2002, the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal is awarded to individuals who examine the influence of humans on the natural world, recognizing “outstanding work on the dynamic relationship between human culture and natural resources”. Prof. Andrew Blowers has made extensive contributions in the application of geographic principles to energy, planning, and humankind - working in academia, politics, government, and in his retirement, as an anti-nuclear campaigner.

Professor Blowers has long been an educational innovator. He was one of the ‘pioneer’ academics who helped set up Britain’s Open University (OU) in 1970, where he held positions as Professor of Social Sciences (Planning), Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Degree Studies).

At the national level, he served on committees on radioactive waste: The Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMAC) and the first Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM1). He regularly contributes his expertise to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and the Energy and Climate Change Committee. He is a member of the Government’s Community Representation Working Group (CRWG).

In 2000 the Queen of England recognized Prof. Blowers with an OBE for Services to Environmental Protection, and he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 2004.

Join us and the AGS to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Professor Andrew Blowers. 


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