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10 November 2012
The Ralph Gray Award:
A TSOP award for the best refereed paper in coal and organic petrology was approved by Council in early 2009.
With the permission of the Gray family, the award was named after Ralph Gray
(1923-2009), a petrologist with wide-ranging experience and interests, particularly well-known for his work in industrial applications.
Best Refereed Paper in Coal and Organic Petrology
For any given year, the papers considered would have been published in the previous year, ie: for the 2009 award, papers published within the 2008 calendar year can be considered. The committee started the process with evaluations of the abstracts of prospective papers. Papers authored by any of the committee members were not considered. Final evaluation was made of the full papers of the top six selections of the committee.
On rare occasions, a second award for an outstanding publication in a non-refereed venue can be considered, such as the 2008 Academic Press publication of “Applied Coal Petrology.”
Recipients of the Ralph Gray Award
Coal facies in a Cenozoic paralic lignite bed, Krabi Basin, southern Thailand: Changing peat-forming conditions related to relative sea-level controlled watertable variations
by H.I. Petersen and B. Ratanasthien
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2011, Volume 87, p. 2-12
Occurrence of non-mineral inorganic elements in macerals of low-rank coals
by Z. Li, C.R. Ward, and L.W. Gurba
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2010, Volume 81, p. 242-250
Deposition and alteration of carbonaceous series within a Neotethyan rift at the western boundary of the Arabian Plate: The Late Permian Um Irna Formation, NW Jordan, a petroleum system
by H.G. Dill, A. Bechtel, J. Kus, R. Gratzer, and A.M.B. Abu Hamad
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2010, Volume 81, p. 1-24
Characteristics of type III kerogen in coal-bearing strata from the Pennsylvanian (Upper Carboniferous) in the Ruhr Basin, Western Germany: Comparison of coals, dispersed organic matter, kerogen concentrates and coal–mineral mixtures
by K. Jasper, B.M. Krooss, G. Flajs, Chr. Hartkopf-Fröder, and R. Littke
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2009, Volume 80, p. 1-19
Genesis and rank distribution of Upper Carboniferous coal basins in the Cantabrian Mountains, Northern Spain
by Juan Ramón Colmenero, Isabel Suárez-Ruiz , Javier Fernández-Suárez, Pedro Barba, and Teresa Llorens
International Journal of Coal Geology, 2008, Volume 76, p. 187-204
Download the full paper (4.5 MB): Colmenero 2008.pdf
Applied Coal Petrology
edited by Isabel Suárez-Ruiz and John C. Crelling,
with chapters authored or co-authored by Joan S. Esterle, Robert B. Finkelman, Stephen F. Greb, Gareth D. Mitchell, Jack C. Pashin, Nicola J. Wagner, Colin R. Ward, M. Coertzen, R.H. Matjie, J.C. van Dyk
Academic Press, 2008.
Ralph Gray Award reports in the Newsletter
News and reports on the Ralph Gray Award are published in the TSOP Newsletter.