Thomas H. Jordan

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Thomas H. Jordan
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Jordan at his desk in Zumberge Hall, Southern California Earthquake Center Headquarters
Born (1948-10-08) October 8, 1948 (age 66)
Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone
Citizenship American
Nationality  United States
Fields Seismology, Geology
Institutions University of Southern California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Don L. Anderson [1]
Known for Plate Tectonics, Seismology, Imaging Techniques [2]

Thomas H. Jordan is a noted American seismologist and current director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at The University of Southern California. He was formerly the head of the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Jordan is known for his contributions to plate tectonics concerning the structure of continents, the depth of lithospheric slab penetration, and the nature of mantle convection, for example determining the exact nature and processes involved in plate subduction.[3] Jordan has also pioneered many seismic imaging techniques which he developed for his doctoral dissertation and are now used widely to understand the interior of the earth. [4] Considered a leading expert in seismology and earthquakes, Jordan has served on various international committees concerning seismic hazard. [5] [6] [7]


He has published over 190 articles in scientific journals.[8] He has also published two textbooks, "Understanding Earth" and "The Essential Earth".

Honors and Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Thomas Henyey
Southern California Earthquake Center Director
October 2000 – present
Succeeded by