Simon Brassell has been elected as a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.
The honor is "bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry" and recognizes Simon's role in developing the field of molecular biogeochemistry. Few people achieve this honor and there are only seven other Geochemistry Fellows in the Big 10 (half of them at Penn State).
Geochemical Society website
About the Geochemistry Fellow Honor
In 1996, the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry established the honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow, to be bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry. Recipients of the Goldschmidt, Patterson, EAG Science Innovation, Treibs, and Urey Awards become Fellows automatically.
Scientific excellence is a core value of both the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry, and it is our privilege, by rewarding it, to take a leading role in its definition. In awarding Geochemistry Fellows, our societies believe it is important to recognize the broad spectrum of scientific achievements that advance geochemistry. Excellence should not be limited to major discoveries and ideas that change paradigms, and not solely evaluated on the basis of the number of papers published in high-impact journals; the nominee's h-index and previously obtained distinctions; nor the amount of funding acquired. Instead, we recognize that scientific eminence, achievement, and impact also encompass sustained and proven contributions that create a dynamic environment essential for scientific progress.