Prof. Dr. T. Mark HARRISON

Prof. Dr. T. Mark HARRISON

Prof. Dr. T. Mark HARRISON

University of California | USA

Mark Harrison is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.Sc. (Hons.) from the Department of Geological Sciences, University of British Columbia, in 1977 and Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1981.  After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, he spent 8 years at the State University of New York at Albany.  In 1989, he moved to UCLA where he subsequently served as Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and Director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.  In 2001 he took up the position of Director of the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University, returning to UCLA in 2006.  Mark has received numerous awards including Presidential Young Investigator of the National Science Foundation in 1985, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award of the University of British Columbia in 1989, the N.L. Bowen Award, of the American Geophysical Union in 1995 and an Outstanding Contributions in Geoscience Research award from the Department of Energy in 1996, the Day Medal of the Geological Society of America in 2009, and Einstein Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (1996), the Geochemical Society (2007), the European Association of Geochemistry (2007), the Geological Society of Australia (2007) and Life Fellow of the Geological Society of America (2009).  He is a member of both the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2011) and the Australian Academy of Science (2005). His more than 250 research papers have received over 42,000 citations (h = 106); he is designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information.  Prof. Harrison has published on a range of research topics including the evolution of the Tibet-Himalaya orogenic system, geochemical kinetics, the origin and transport of crustal magmas, interpretive models for heat and mass flow; evolution of petroleum reservoirs and geothermal systems, and investigations of the very early Earth, including understanding the conditions for the emergence of life.  He was a pioneer in the development of 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology and co-authored the monograph on that topic.   

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