Geoffrey Eglinton

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Geoffrey Eglinton
Born (1927-11-01) November 1, 1927 (age 87)
Institutions University of Bristol
Alma mater University of Manchester
Known for Eglinton reaction
Notable awards FRS
Children Timothy Eglinton

Geoffrey Eglinton, FRS (born 1927, Cardiff) is a British chemist and Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences at University of Bristol.


Eglinton was educated Sale Grammar School and the University of Manchester where he was awarded Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science degrees.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

He won the Royal Medal in 1997 "In recognition of his contribution to our understanding of the way in which chemicals move from the living biosphere to the fossil geosphere, in particular the origin, genesis, maturation and migration of oil which has had great repercussions on the petroleum industry.",[2]

He was awarded the Wollaston Medal in 2004.[3]

He was a co-winner of the Dan David Prize in 2008 for his studies of organic chemical fossils, which reveal the inhabitants and climates of ancient worlds. (He shared the prize with Ellen Moseley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson). [4][5]

The Eglinton reaction is named after him.

Personal life[edit]

Eglinton married Pamela Joan Coupland, and had two sons, and one daughter.


  1. ^ Eglinton, Prof. Geoffrey. Who's Who 2014 (online edition via Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Royal Medal Winners: 2007-1990". Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Wollaston Medal". Award Winners since 1831. Geological Society of London. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
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  5. ^ "Dan David Prize laureate 2008". 

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