Boulder, CO -- Dr. Frank M. Richter of the University of Chicago is recipient of the 2006 Geological Society of America Arthur L. Day Medal. The award will be given at the GSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 21 October 2006.
Dr. Richter is Sewel L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, at the University of Chicago. A native of the Dominican Republic, he holds a professional engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Richter is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Geophysical Union.
The Geological Society of America Arthur L. Day Medal, established in 1948, recognizes outstanding achievements in solving geologic problems through the application of physics and chemistry. GSA is recognizing Dr. Richter for his work in applying fluid dynamics to investigations of mantle dynamics, the driving forces of plate tectonics, and thermal evolution of Earth.
"Frank has made fundamental contributions to the Earth Sciences through physical and chemical modeling and experimental investigations across a remarkably diverse spectrum of the geological sciences," said David B. Rowley of the University of Chicago, who nominated Richter for the Day Medal. "At each stage of his career, Frank's research has defined the state-of-the-art, and many of his papers are required reading for anyone embarking on research in the areas that his research has touched upon."
The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with 20,000 members representing academia, government, and industry in more than 85 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA also fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues and supports all levels of earth science education.