The John Cedric Griffiths Teaching Award is a plaque with the recipient's name and the date. An award in memory of John Griffiths was approved by the General Assembly during the XXX International Geological Congress in Beijing in 1996. Each recipient is to receive an engraved plaque bearing the recipient's name and an inscribed technical book of the recipient's choice for a value not to exceed the equivalent of US$350 in 1998.
Griffiths was the first recipient of the Krumbein medal. Born in Llanelli, Wales, in 1912, he received a BSc in 1933, an MSc in 1934, and a PhD in 1937, all in petrology at the University of Wales. In 1940, he received the Diploma of the Imperial College in petrography and a PhD in petrography from the University of London. In 1947, after working for seven years with the Trinidad Leaseholds Ltd. in the British West Indies, he joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University. He stayed there until his retirement in 1977, deeply influencing hundreds of students. He died on June 2, 1992, at State College, Pennsylvania. Besides his well-known text "Scientific Methods in Analysis of Sediments," he published more than 100 articles. Griffiths pioneered the application of quantitative methods in a wide spectrum of geological and economic problems.
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