Donald B. Dingwell

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Donald B. Dingwell

Donald Bruce Dingwell

29 June 1958 (1958-06-29) (age 64)
NationalityCanada, Germany
Alma materMemorial University of Newfoundland, University of Alberta
AwardsOfficer of the Order of Canada (2020)
Scientific career
FieldsExperimental geosciences
InstitutionsCarnegie Institution of Washington (1984-1986)
University of Toronto (1986-1987)
Bayerisches Geoinstitut (1987-2000)
Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (2000-present)
ThesisInvestigation of the role of fluorine in silicate melts: implications for igneous petrogenesis (1986)
Doctoral advisorChristopher M. Scarfe

Donald Bruce Dingwell FRS FRSC OC ONL (born 1958) is a Canadian geoscientist who is the director of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences[1] and Ordinarius for Mineralogy and Petrology of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He is also currently vice-president of the Academia Europaea. From September 2011 to December 2013 he was the third and last secretary general of the European Research Council (ERC)[2] where he embarked on a global participation campaign for the ERC.[3] He is also a past-President of the European Geosciences Union[4] and the current past-president of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), founded in 1919.


Dingwell was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. He began his research career at the Carnegie Institution of Washington (now Carnegie Institution for Science) where he was a Carnegie Fellow from 1984 to 1986 working at the Geophysical Laboratory. His first permanent (tenure-track) appointment was to the University of Toronto as assistant professor. In 1987 he moved to the newly founded Bavarian Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics (Bavarian Geo-institute) at the University of Bayreuth where he served as assistant to the founding Director Friedrich Seifert. Dingwell has been based at his present position as Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology in the Faculty of Geosciences of the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) since 2000. He has also served as the director of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,[5] since its founding in 2002.

Awards and honours[edit]

Dingwell has been awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal[6] of the Geological Society of America. In December 2019, the Governor General of Canada announced that Dingwell had been made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[7] Dingwell was similarly made a Member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2021.[8]

In 2017 he became a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[9]

In 2020 he was awarded the Arthur Holmes Medal by the European Geosciences Union[10]

Select publications[edit]

  • Daniele Giordano; James K. Russell; Donald B. Dingwell (July 2008). "Viscosity of magmatic liquids: A model". Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 271 (1–4): 123–134. Bibcode:2008E&PSL.271..123G. doi:10.1016/J.EPSL.2008.03.038. ISSN 0012-821X. Wikidata Q63090682.
  • Mikhail Alidibirov; Donald B. Dingwell (March 1996). "Magma fragmentation by rapid decompression". Nature. 380 (6570): 146–148. Bibcode:1996Natur.380..146A. doi:10.1038/380146A0. ISSN 1476-4687. Wikidata Q59061743.
  • Jonathan M Castro; Donald B Dingwell (1 October 2009). "Rapid ascent of rhyolitic magma at Chaitén volcano, Chile". Nature. 461 (7265): 780–783. Bibcode:2009Natur.461..780C. doi:10.1038/NATURE08458. ISSN 1476-4687. PMID 19812671. Wikidata Q39940671.


  1. ^ "Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich". Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich.
  2. ^ "LERU Statement September 2011". LERU.
  3. ^ "South African Times". South African Times.
  4. ^ "European Geosciences Union". European Geosciences Union.
  5. ^ "Chair of the Department - Faculty of Geosciences - LMU Munich". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  6. ^ "Geological Society of America - 2016 Day Medal - Donald B. Dingwell". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  7. ^ "Order of Canada - The Governor General of Canada". 20 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Nine People to be Invested into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador" (Press release). Executive Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. July 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Donald Bruce Dingwell". German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Arthur Holmes Medal & Honorary Membership". EGU. Retrieved 30 August 2020.