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Stanford Report, December 9, 1998

Sleep receives Bucher medal: 12/9/98

Norman Sleep wins Bucher Medal for accomplishsments in tectonphysics

Norman H. Sleep, professor of geophysics, received the Walter H. Bucher Medal on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Sleep was honored for his accomplishments in tectonophysics, specifically for his work on the thermo-mechanics of mantle and crustal processes in the Earth and neighboring planets. The medal is named for Walter H. Bucher, president of the American Geophysical Union from 1948 to 1953, and a major contributor to the study of the Earth's crust. Canadian geophysicist J. Tuzo Wilson, who was pivotal in advancing plate tectonic theory, was the first recipient of the medal in 1968.