Phillips receives prestigious geology award

Roger Phillips, Ph.D., professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences and director of the McDonnell Center for Space Sciences, was awarded the G.K. Gilbert Award at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting Nov. 2-5 in Seattle.

The award is named for G.K. Gilbert, who 100 years ago clearly recognized the importance of a planetary perspective in solving terrestrial geologic problems.

Roger Phillips
Roger Phillips

The Gilbert award is presented annually for outstanding contributions to the solution of fundamental problems in planetary geology in the broadest sense, which includes geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, geophysics, geologic mapping and remote sensing. Such contributions may consist either of a single outstanding publication or a series of publications that has had great influence in the field.

Raymond E. Arvidson, Ph.D., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of earth and planetary sciences, presented the citation. Among his comments, Arvidson praised his colleague’s career achievements.

“Roger’s scientific accomplishments are extraordinary in both scope and depth, as demonstrated by publication of 135 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters covering the Earth, moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury and the icy satellites of the outer planets,” Arvidson said.

“Techniques that have been employed in his studies have focused on gravity mapping and geodynamical modeling, but have included magnetics, seismic, radar sounding and image analyses.”

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