A. G. HUNTSMAN MEDAL
Above, pictures from the 2021 ceremony, courtesy of Jonathon White
Prof. Trevor Platt is the fifteenth recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Award, in 1992. Prof. Platt was recognized for his extensive and clear-sighted contributions to our understanding of the functioning of the pelagic ecosystem, especially of plankton in the open ocean. His studies progressed logically from investigations of the spatial inhomogeneity of plankton distribution in response to the power spectrum of turbulence, through the physiological responses of the growth of cells in response to light and nutrients, to dimensional analysis and the size structure of pelagic food chains. In recent years, he has joined his accumulated understanding of physics and algal physiology to the new possibilities offered by satellites remote sensing of the ocean.
Together with his wife, Dr. Shubha Sathyendranath, he has developed techniques for the critical computation of the productivity of oceanic plant cells on a global scale. The analytical solutions and algorithms to compute integrated plant production through the water column, advanced by Dr. Platt, place the critical calculation of annual global production by marine plants within reach for the first time.
Above, pictures from the 1992 ceremony, courtesy of Dr. Sathyendranath