This award was established by the Geotechnical Engineering Division
(now the Geo-Institute)
of the Society in memory of Professor H. Bolton Seed, Hon.M.ASCE. It was officially instituted by action of the Board of Direction on October 23, 1993 and was funded by friends and colleagues of Professor Seed and the U.S. National Society Endowment Fund.
Professor Seed made many significant contributions to teaching, research and the practice of geotechnical engineering especially as related to geotechnical earthquake engineering and embankment dams. Dr. Seed, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was recognized with many awards, including ASCE's Norman Medal (twice), Croes Medal (three times), Middlebrooks Award (five times), the Terzaghi Award and the Terzaghi Lectureship. In 1985, he was the first recipient of the Nash Medal of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). In addition to his numerous technical contributions, Professor Seed devoted considerable time and effort to the profession through the activities of the Geo-Institute of ASCE and through ISSMGE. He served as Permanent Secretary, U.S. National Society (USNS) of the ISSMGE for more than 10 years.