Thalmann Award

Hans Thalmann

This award, established in 1975 in honor of the late Professor Hans Thalmann, is presented annually to our most outstanding graduating senior for having demonstrated academic excellence and high standards of human concern, as best embodied in the memory of Professor Thalmann.

Thalmann Award Recipients

Name(s) Year Name(s) Year Name(s) Year
Bill Hart 1975 Nicole Peirce 1998 Zachary Smirnoff 2021
Bob Orlando 1976 Jennifer Barr 1999 Sarah Murphy 2022
Lisa Shomura 1977 Nathan Smith 2000    
Gordon Start 1978 Carolyn Domrose 2001    
James Parker 1979 Jim Neiss 2002    
Michael Kruge 1980 Mitch Monroe 2003    
Sandra Guldman 1981 Terence McGuire 2004    
Barbara Menne 1982 Curtis Barnes 2005    
Linda Bond 1983 Yuko Mamiya 2006    
Greg Hilderbrand 1984 Peter Polito 2007    
David Watso 1985 Kimberly Devillier 2008    
Leta Smith 1986 John Niles 2009    
Lori Zhang 1987 Steven Woodley 2010    

Theresa Hoyt

Aurora Pun

1988 Carla Rosa 2011    

Brett Baker

Jane Gill

1989 Kelsey Kehoe 2012    
Adam Boers 1990 Miles Koelher 2013    
Bob Abrams 1991 Hannah Mewhirter 2014    
Betsy Rosenberg 1992 Jennifer Luscombe 2015    
Mary Anne Brown 1993 Jesse Waco 2016    
Janet Guidetti  1994 Laura Suddes 2017    
Carl Schaefer 1995 Drew Lowdermilk 2018    
Anna Sojourner 1996 Max Volen 2019    
Jeanne Kessel 1997 Andrew Bays 2020    

About Hans Ernst Thalmann

Hans Ernst Thalmann was born January 3, 1899, in Bern, Switzerland. In 1922, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Bern.

Hans’ interests were wide ranging, covering Jurassic ammonites and stratigraphy in the Alps, the Miocene of the Bernese molasses, and the Pleistocene vertebrates. He was an avid mountaineer, and one of his early papers was on the geologic effects of lightning on mountain peaks. 

From 1963 to 1971 he was a professor of geology at San Francisco State University, where he taught beginning courses in geology with the same wit and enthusiasm he had given to graduate courses at Stanford. After his retirement, Hans continued to be active in teaching, and he found that teaching undergraduate students was an exciting and exhilarating experience. At the time of his death in 1975, he was preparing for the spring semester at San Francisco State University, where since 1971 he had been a professor emeritus.

Learn more about Thalmann by reading his memorial by William Hay below.