The JA Prescott Medal is awarded annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to soil science. The JA Prescott recipient receives a medal and a certificate. The Award is open to financial members of Soil Science Australia and other Australian soil scientists.
Nominations must be made on the prescribed application form, available from the Federal Office or Soil Science Australia website at the beginning of each calendar year. Nominations must be submitted electronically to the Federal Secretary and copied to the Federal Office not later than May 31 in the year in which the Medal is to be awarded.
Nominations are to be prepared nominator and a seconder and supported by three additional financial Members of Soil Science Australia.
The JA Prescott medal ispresented by the Federal President or their proxy at each national conference held by Soil Science Australia or at another event determined by the Federal Council.
|1972||C.G. Stephens||1990||K.G. Tiller||2008||R. Dalal|
|1973||-||1991||R. Gilkes||2009||M. McLaughlin|
|1974||T.J. Marshall||1992||W.W. Emerson||2010||D. Chen|
|1975||J.P. Quirk||1993||J.N. Ladd||2011||-|
|1976||R.G. Downes||1994||R. French||2012||S.E. Smith (Sally)|
|1977||K. Norrish||1995||G. Aylmore||2013||Jock Churchman|
|1978||J.K. Taylor||1996||-||2014||A.J. Baldock|
|1979||N. Collis-George||1997||K. Northcote||2015||V.V.S.R. Gupta|
|1980||R. Brewer||1998||R.W. Fitzpatrick||2016||Rai Kookana|
|1981||B.E. Butler||1999||A. Rovira||2017||Neil McKenzie.|
|1982||C.H. Williams||2000||M.J. Mulcahy|
|1983||G.D. Hubble||2001||B.E. Clothier|
|1984||C.G. Hallsworth||2002||J.W. Holmes|
|1985||J.R. Freney||2003||J.M. Oades|
|1986||K. Lee||2004||A.B. McBratney|
|1988||P.H. Walker||2006||R.E. White|
|1989||O.T. Denmead||2007||P. Rengasamy|
James Arthur Prescott (1890 – 1987) was born in England, moving to Australia in 1924 as Professor of Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. From 1929 he was Chief of the Division of Soils CSIR, and from 1938 to 1955 he was the Director of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, South Australia.When Prescott came to Australia he was just beginning to make some impact on the scientific world. Prescott was to further the development of agricultural science in a revolutionary manner that attracted international attention. In 1951 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London for his fundamental pedological researches and his pioneering work in climatology.