Coppock Research Medal: the highest research-specific award, for an outstanding contribution to geographical knowledge through research and publication. This was awarded first in 1931 as the Research Medal, from 1989 as the Centenary Medal, and from 2009 as the Coppock Research Medal, named in honour of Professor J Terence Coppock CBE. Its recipients include Professor Alan G Ogilvie OBE, Professor J Wreford Watson, and Professor Bill Ruddiman.

  • 2019           Professor Doug Benn
  • 2018           Professor Kevin Edwards
  • 2014           Professor Colin K Ballantyne
  • 2013           Professor Bill Ruddiman
  • 2011           Professor David E Sugden
  • 2009           Professor Michael Pacione

       previously known as the Centenary Medal

  • 2008           Professor Charles W J Withers
  • 2007           Professor Peter Dicken
  • 2006           Professor Harold Brookfield
  • 2005           Professor Leszek Starkel
  • 2004           Professor David Woodward
  • 2003           Professor Doreen Massey
  • 2002           Professor David W Harvey
  • 2001           Professor Anne Buttimer
  • 2000           Professor Michael F Thomas
  • 1999           Professor Chalmers Clapperton
  • 1998           Professor David N Livingstone
  • 1997           Professor Paul Claval
  • 1996           Professor Billie Lee Turner II
  • 1995           Rear Admiral Nigel Essenhigh
  • 1994           Professor Akin L Mabogunje
  • 1993           Professor Peter Odell
  • 1992           Professor David Rhind
  • 1991           Professor N Kingo Jacobsen
  • 1990           Dr Ronald F Abler
  • 1989           Professor Gilbert F White

     previously known as the Research Medal

  • 1988           Professor W R Mead
  • 1987           Professor Jacqueline Beaujeu-Garnier
  • 1984           Donald G Moir
  • 1979           Dr Bradford Washburn and Mrs Washburn
  • 1972           Dr Correlis Koeman
  • 1969           Dr John Brian Sissons
  • 1965           R A Skelton
  • 1964           Professor Arthur E Smailes
  • 1962           Professor J Wreford Watson
  • 1956           Gerald Roe Crone
  • 1954           The Revd James I Macnair DD
  • 1948           Professor Alexander Stevens MA BSc
  • 1946           Marcel Aurousseau
  • 1944           Professor Alan G Ogilvie OBE
  • 1939           Professor Herbert John Fleure DSc FRS
  • 1937           Dr Alexander Bremner DSc
  • 1936           Clement Gillman
  • 1933           Edward Heawood MA
  • 1932           Professor John L Myers DSc
  • 1931           Jules de Schokolsky DSc