On Tuesday 24 April, The Crown Princess presented the Vega Medal to Professor Gillian Hart and Johan August Wahlberg’s medal in gold to professor emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen during a ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
At the ceremony, The Crown Princess presented the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography’s (SSAG) 2018 Vega Medal to Professor Gillian Hart, professor in geography at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and distinguished professor at the Humanities Graduate Centre, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
The Crown Princess also presented Johan August Wahlberg’s medal in gold to Professor emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen, professor emeritus at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway.
The Vega Medal was instituted in 1880 by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG) and in accordance with the Statutes is awarded to “individuals for outstanding achievements in advancing geographical research”.
The medal is awarded on the anniversary of the arrival of the SS Vega in Stockholm on 24 April 1880. The Vega was the vessel on which Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld undertook the Vega Expedition of 1878–1880.This was the first Arctic expedition to navigate through the Northeast Passage, and the first voyage to circumnavigate Eurasia. King Oscar II joined and financed the expedition, which is regarded as one of the highest achievements of Swedish science.
The King is the highest patron of SSAG.