International Mineralogical Association


2015 - Rod C. EWING

The International Mineralogical Association is honoured to present its 2015 Medal of Excellence in Mineralogical Sciences to Rod Ewing

Rodney C. Ewing is the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security in the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and a Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University.

Rodney C. Ewing is an intellectual pioneer. No scientist has made a greater contribution to our understanding of mineralogical solutions to the safe disposal of high-level nuclear waste and none have been more influential in developing the theoretical and experimental methods for studying the interactions between ionizing radiation and prospective storage materials. His eminence in the field of nuclear materials led to his appointment by President Obama to head the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, the first mineralogist ever to head this Board.

Ewing has authored and co-authored over 650 research publications and edited or co-edited 18 monographs, proceedings volumes and special journal issues. He has published in some 100 different ISI journals on subjects ranging from long-term stability of nuclear waste forms, to actinide mineralogy, crystal chemistry and geochemistry, to mobility of radionuclides in the geological environment, to nanocomposite materials, to risk analysis in evaluating the safety of geologic repositories, to the development of policies for the protection of human health and the environment. He holds a patent for the development of a highly durable material for the immobilization of excess weapons plutonium. He is the Founding Editor of Elements, which is now supported by 17 Earth Science societies and associations.

Rodney Ewing has received many honors, including the 2002 Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), the 2006 Lomonosov Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences, the 1997 and 2002 Hawley Medals from the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the 2015 Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America, in addition to holding fellowships in the Mineralogical Society of America and seven other professional associations.

Please visit for more information on Rodney Ewing, his research and other activities. A plenary lecture and presentation ceremony will be held at the 2nd European Mineralogical Conference in Rimini, Italy, on 11-15 September, 2016.