Professor White is awarded the Gold Medal for a lifetime of distinguished achievement in solid Earth geophysics.
We are delighted that our Director, Professor Bob White, has been awarded the “Gold Medal for a lifetime of distinguished achievement in solid Earth geophysics" from the Royal Astronomical Society.Each year the Royal Astronomical Society recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics.
Professor Bob White was awarded the Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal, for a lifetime of distinguished achievement in solid Earth geophysics, a field to which he has made fundamental and transformative contributions over the course of a remarkable research career. His research has spanned five different areas of Earth science: mid-ocean ridges, mantle plumes and flood basalts, continental rifting, convergent margins, and dyke injection, seismicity and volcanism. Alongside his work in Cambridge, since 2010 he has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Iceland, where he studies volcanic rift processes and maps movement of magma beneath the surface.
He has trained more than 50 students and post-doctoral researchers, many of whom have taken up senior faculty positions in academia and industry. Professor White’s early research career was in marine geophysics, where his work on magmatism associated with the early stages of rifting is probably the best known, most influential and most cited in his career so far. More recently, he has worked extensively and fruitfully in Iceland on the elevated Mid-Ocean Ridge where, in 2014-15, his group used an array of 75 broad-band seismometers to study a 46-kilometre-long dyke culminating in a surface eruption. His 250 peer reviewed publications on geodynamics and geophysics have been cited more than 5,500 times and are a testament to the huge impact he has had on our understanding of the solid Earth.
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