Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jenny Clack Wins NAS Award

Jennifer A. Clack, ScD, FLS, Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, and Acting Director of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is the 2008 recipient of the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academt of Sciences “for studies of the first terrestrial vertebrates and the water-to-land transition, as illuminated in her book Gaining Ground”.

The award is for meritorious work in zoology or paleontology published in a three- to five-year period and was established through the Daniel Giraud Elliot Fund by gift of Miss Margaret Henderson Elliot.

From Kevin Padian’s post to the Vertpaleo List:
“Jenny is the first vertebrate paleontologist (or, in her case, palaeontologist) since Al Romer in 1956 to have been awarded the medal, only the second female to have been awarded it (the other being Libby Hyman in 1951), and the first British awardee since D'Arcy Thompson”.