Anthony Brian Watts

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Tony Watts
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Anthony Brian Watts in 2014, portrait via the Royal Society
Born Anthony Brian Watts
(1945-07-23) 23 July 1945 (age 73)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
Thesis Geophysical investigations in the Faeroes to Scotland region, Northeast Atlantic (1970)
Doctoral advisor Martin Bott[4]

Anthony Brian Watts FRS[1][2] is a British marine geologist and geophysicist and Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences, at the University of Oxford.[5]


Watts was born in Essex and educated at Sidcot School, a Quaker school in Somerset, and University College, London where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Physics in 1967. He also earned a PhD in Marine Geophysics from University of Durham in 1970 supervised by Professor Martin H. P. Bott[4] and a Doctor of Science from the University of Oxford in 2003.


Watts has taught at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University[1] and the University of Oxford and has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals[3][6] and a book on Isostasy and Flexure of the Lithosphere.[7]


According to Watts:

Awards and honours[edit]

Watts has received a number of awards including the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London,[9] the George P. Woollard Award of the Geological Society of America[10] and the Arthur Holmes Medal of the European Geosciences Union.[11] Watts was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2014, his nomination reads:

Watts is also an Honorary Member of the European Geosciences Union and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America and an elected Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE). He is the 2015 Harold Jeffreys Lecturer of the Royal Astronomical Society.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d WATTS, Prof. Anthony Brian. Who's Who. 2014 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Anthony Watts FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b Anthony Brian Watts publications indexed by Google Scholar
  4. ^ a b Watts, Anthony Brian (1970). Geophysical investigations in the Faeroes to Scotland region, Northeast Atlantic (PhD thesis). University of Durham.
  5. ^ "A.B.Watts - Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics, University of Oxford". Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  6. ^ Anthony Brian Watts's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Watts, Anthony Brian (2001). Isostasy and Flexure of the Lithosphere. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.2277/0521006007. ISBN 9780521006002.
  8. ^ *"Anthony B. Watts Research Profile". University of Oxford Department of Earth Sciences. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  9. ^ "Murchison Medal". Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  10. ^ "George P. Woollard Award - citation". Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Arthur Holmes Medal - citation". Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Harold Jeffreys Lecturer - citation". Retrieved 12 April 2015.