The Crown Princess presents the Vega Medal

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, external link, opens in new windowprofessor 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 with professor emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen and Professor Gillian Hart at the ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/Kungahuset.se

The Crown Princess with professor emeritus Arild Holt-Jensen and Professor Gillian Hart at the ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/Kungahuset.se

The Crown Princess also presented Johan August Wahlberg’s medal in gold to Professor emeritus Arild Holt-Jensenexternal link, opens in new window, professor emeritus at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway.

About the Vega Medal

The Vega Medal was instituted in 1880 by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG)external link and in accordance with the Statutesexternal link 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 Expeditionexternal link 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 external linkjoined and financed the expedition, which is regarded as one of the highest achievements of Swedish science.

The King is the highest patron of SSAG.