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Meteorological Society of New Zealand

The Meteorological Society of NZ (Inc) has established an award, the Edward Kidson Medal. The medal is awarded every two years and is named in honour of Dr Edward Kidson, Director of the New Zealand Meteorological Service from 1927 to 1939.

Kidson was instrumental in placing New Zealand meteorology on a sound scientific footing and is regarded as a key figure in the development of meteorology and climatology in this country.

His own scientific work in meteorology covered a wide field and he had an international reputation for his papers on Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation. His papers on New Zealand’s climate remained standard works for many years.

The Edward Kidson Medal is awarded to the author of an outstanding recent scientific paper published in a refereed scientific journal, which:

  • advances the science of meteorology and/or climatology, or
  • advances understanding of the influence of meteorology and/or climatology or other meteorological factors in other fields of scientific or human endeavour or, conversely, the influence of other sciences or endeavours in meteorology and/or climatology, or
  • reports on a significant and novel scientific, educational, social or economic application of meteorology and/or climatology.


Nominees for the Edward Kidson Medal should normally be New Zealand residents but others who have a significant connection with New Zealand, particularly in the field of the atmospheric sciences, will be considered.

All nominations must either be by a current member of the Meteorological Society or include a written endorsement by a current member. Rules for the consideration and awarding of the Kidson Medal of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand can be found here.

Nominations, with supporting statements and including copies of the relevant paper, should be sent to info@metsoc.org.nz.

2020 Dr. Kyle Clem

2018 Dr. Kevin Trenberth

2016 Dr Hinrich Schaefer

2014 Dr Greg Bodeker

2010 Dr Andrew Lorrey

2007 Dr Xiaogu Zheng,

2005 Dr James Renwick

2003 Professor Andrew Sturman


Meteorological Society of New Zealand

PO Box 6523

Marion Square


Photo: From McCracken's Rest, overlooking Te Wai Wai Bay as a southerly front tracks in, with Kaherekoau and Princess Mountains behing Hump Ridge. (16 December, Tony Bromley)

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