Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Robert L. Nichols Scholarship Prize, 1979
|The Robert L. Nichols Scholarship Prize, established in 1979 by friends and students of Robert L. Nichols, A1926, and the Department of Geology, is awarded to one or more students of demonstrated ability in geology, for the purpose of expanding their knowledge of geology by field experience.|
Robert L. Nichols, A1926, was inspired to become a geologist by Professor Alfred Lane. He received an M.A. and Ph. D. from Harvard and returned to Tufts in 1929 to join the Department of Geology, initially as an instructor. He retired in 1974. He was an epic explorer, joining or leading seventeen arctic and antarctic expeditions and publishing the results in some 150 abstracts, articles, reports, and books. His awards and memberships in exclusive national and international societies are too numerous to list, but it should be mentioned that among them is a national teaching award in geology. He was also active as an alumnus.
Nichols left his mark, and the Tufts name, on the territories he explored. The Tufts Elv is a river in Inglefield Land in the northwest of Greenland and was named by the Danish Government in recognition of the explorations by Nichols there. The Tufts Pass is on Alexander Island in Antarctica, and near it is an area named after Robert Nichols himself.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H