Barlow Medal for Best Geological Paper


In 1916, a group of Institute friends established a trust to provide a prize for the best paper on economic geology published by the Institute in any year. The Barlow Medal for Best Geological Paper was created in honour of the late Alfred Ernest Barlow, D.Sc., F.R.S.C., President of the Institute for the term 1912-1914, who was distinguished for his contributions to our knowledge of Precambrian geology. The awards, initially given in cash prizes, later were changed to silver medals supplemented by cash prizes. Since 1941, they have taken the form of a handsome gold medal.


1. The award is presented annually, and there may be more than one recipient in any given year.

2. The winning paper will be selected by the Barlow Medal for Best Geological Paper Committee, chaired by the Vice-President-Elect of the Geological Society.

3. The Committee shall present its report and recommendations to CIM Council not later than the last Council prior to the CIM Conference & Exhibition.

4. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the award in person during the course of the CIM Conference & Exhbition following the announcement of the award, or at such a time or place as CIM Council may direct.

5. Nominees should be CIM National Members.