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Kerry Sieh receives the Harry Fielding Reid Medal

26 May 2014

Professor Kerry Sieh, Director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), has been awarded the Harry Fielding Reid Medal, the highest honor of the Seismological Society of America (SSA).

The Society, established over a century ago, is an international scientific organization dedicated to the “advancement of seismology and its applications in understanding and mitigating earthquake hazards and in imaging the structure of the Earth.” It presented the Medal to Prof. Sieh during its 2014 annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, on April 30th.

Prof. Kerry Sieh was awarded this top honor for his pioneering work in paleoseismology and his contribution to a better understanding of earthquake recurrence and seismic hazards. During his early years at Stanford University and Caltech, he pioneered research on the seismic cycles of the San Andreas Fault. Later research interests focused on earthquake faults in Southeast Asia, such as the Sunda megathrust offshore Sumatra. He also initiated the installation of the Sumatran GPS Array (SuGAr) network above this great plate boundary fault, which has produced three great earthquakes in the past decade. 

Sieh moved to Singapore in 2008 to found the Earth Observatory of Singapore. There he holds the AXA-Nanyang Chair in Natural Hazards and is a Professor in Nanyang Technological University’s Division of Earth Sciences. He is a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. His current research is focused on understanding the earthquake faults of Myanmar and Sumatra.