The University of Arizona

Neuman wins Horton Medal

By Ed Stiles, February 27, 2003

Regents Professor Shlomo Neuman has been named the 2003 Horton Medalist by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world's largest organization of earth scientists. The award has been presented 18 times since 1976 -- biennially until 1995 and annually since then.

The award is presented for lifetime, outstanding contributions to the geophysical aspects of hydrology and is the highest recognition awarded by a professional society to a water scientist.

Neuman's fields of specialization are subsurface hydrology and contaminant transport. He has made seminal contributions to:

  • Pumping test design and analysis
  • Flow in multilayered geologic media
  • Finite element simulation of subsurface flow and transport
  • Estimation of aquifer parameters
  • Fractured rock hydrology
  • Peat hydrology
  • Geostatistics
  • Stochastic analysis of heterogeneous geologic media

Neuman was named a Regents Professor in 1988, the first year that honor was awarded, and is a senior member of the UA Hydrology and Water Resources doctoral program. The hydrogeology doctoral program has been ranked first in the nation several times by US News & World Report.

Neuman is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (elected 1992), and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America (GSA). He holds an honorary concurrent professorship at the University of Nanjing in China and an honorary professorship at Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute in China.

Neuman has received numerous awards from professional societies and is a former Birdsall Distinguished Lecturer of the GSA.

He has served on various national and international advisory panels. His current assignments include a third three-year term on the advisory board to the Stanford School of Earth Sciences and on the scientific review group concerning high-level nuclear waste disposal for the government of Canada.

Neuman is a former associate editor of Water Resources Research and a member of the editorial board for Stochastic Hydrology and Hydraulics.

He is on the ISI list of most highly cited researchers, including the 100 most highly cited engineers. ISI was founded as the Institute for Scientific Information.