On Monday 14 April, The King presented the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography's medals at a ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The Vega Medal was awarded to Professor Compton James Tucker, and the Gold Wahlberg Medal to Professor Guðrún Gísladottir.
Compton James Tucker is a professor at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, specialising in remote sensing. He was awarded the Vega Medal for his scientific contributions within the field of remote sensing. "He has demonstrated a unique ability to combine insights within radiation physics and electromagnetic imaging with in-depth knowledge of physical geography."
Guðrún Gísladottir is a Professor of Geography at the University of Iceland. She was awarded the Gold Wahlberg Medal for her "breadth and depth of knowledge within land degradation and desertification, and for her work to establish broad geographic networks, environments and meeting places for researchers in geography".
The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography was founded in 1878. The society supports research through scholarships, produces the scientific journals Geografiska Annaler A and B and the year book Ymer, awards medals and organises field trips and talks. The King is the society's highest patron.