Donald B. Dingwell

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Donald B. Dingwell
Donald Bruce Dingwell

29 June 1958
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
CitizenshipCanada, Germany
Alma materMemorial University of Newfoundland, University of Alberta
AwardsVolcanology and Igneous Petrology Career Achievement Award, Arthur L. Day Medal, Martin A. Peacock Medal, Otto Schott Research Prize, Norman L. Bowen Award, Order of Merit of Germany, 2 ERC Advanced Researcher Grants, Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal, MSA Award, Gerhard Hess Research Prize, Viktor Moritz Goldschmidt Prize
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)
Doctoral advisorChristopher M. Scarfe

Donald Bruce Dingwell (born 1958 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada) 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 President of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), founded in 1919 and Vice-President of the Academia Europaea. From September 2011 to December 2013 he was the 3rd 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] His research area is in geosciences. His approach is experimental. His research output has impacted geophysical, geochemical and petrological science and his most recent emphasis has been in the field of volcanic eruptions and their role in the Earth System. His work has been transformational in the way experimental and materials sciences are applied to volcanic phenomena. He is one of the world´s most productive geoscientists with ca. 450 publications and ca. 21,000 google scholar citations.[5] Prof. Dingwell is also the initiator of the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Volcanism entitled Volcanic Eruptions: a material science[6] which has attracted over 20,000 participants since its inception in 2013.


Dingwell received his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology/Geophysics from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1980 under the supervision of Hugh Miller and Dave Strong, his PhD. in Geology from the University of Alberta in 1984 under the supervision of Chris Scarfe, and his Dr. rer. nat. habil. in Geochemistry from the University of Bayreuth in 1992. He holds honorary degrees (D.Sc.) from the University of Alberta[7] and University College London[8]


Dingwell 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,[9] since its founding in 2002. He has held visiting professorships at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Stanford University and Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (Paris Sorbonne Cité).

Awards and honours[edit]

Dingwell has been awarded the Volcanology and Igneous Petrology Career Achievement Award of the Geological Association of Canada, the Arthur L. Day Medal [10] of the Geological Society of America, the Martin A. Peacock Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada [11] the Norman L. Bowen Award[12] of the American Geophysical Union, the MSA Award of the Mineralogical Society of America,[13] the Viktor-Moritz-Goldschmidt Prize of the German Mineralogical Society , the Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal[14] of the European Geosciences Union and the Otto Schott Research Award of the Ernst Abbé Fund.[15] He is one of the few geoscientists who have twice been awarded an Advanced Researcher Grant from the European Research Council (2009 and 2019) [16][17] Dingwell is a member of national academies in Germany (Leopoldina & acatech), Canada (Royal Society of Canada) and Europe (Academia Europaea). He is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Gutenberg Research College of the University of Mainz and the Center of Advanced Studies of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Societá Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia.

In 2013 he was bestowed with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) by the President of Germany Dr. Joachim Gauck.


  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. ^ "Google Scholar "Donald Dingwell"". Google Scholar.
  6. ^ "MOOC List "Volcanic Eruptions: a material science (Coursera)". MOOC List.
  7. ^ "University of Alberta Convocation Speech 6 June 2012" (PDF). University of Alberta.
  8. ^ "University College London Honorary Graduands and Fellows 2012". University College London.
  9. ^ "Chair of the Department - Faculty of Geosciences - LMU Munich". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  10. ^ "Geological Society of America - 2016 Day Medal - Donald B. Dingwell". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  11. ^ Johanne Caron (2014-02-05). "Awards - Mineralogical Association of Canada". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  12. ^ AGU. "Dingwell Receives 2013 N. L. Bowen Award - Honors Program". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
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  14. ^ "EGU - Awards & medals - Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal 2008 - Donald B. Dingwell". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
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  16. ^ "ERC Advanced Grant - LMU Munich". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
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