George P. L. Walker

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George Walker
Born George Patrick Leonard Walker
2 March 1926
Died 17 January 2005 (2005-01-18) (aged 78)
Nationality Northern Ireland
Fields Mineralogist, Volcanologist
Institutions Imperial College, London (1951-78),
University of Hawai'i (1979-96)
Alma mater Queen's University, Belfast,
University of Leeds
Doctoral students Robert Stephen John Sparks
Influenced Bruce F. Houghton

George Patrick Leonard Walker FRS (2 March 1926 – 17 January 2005) was a British geologist who specialized in mineralogy and volcanology.[1][2]


He worked on the volcanic rocks of Iceland and on Mount Etna. He taught at Imperial College. In 1978, he was Captain James Cook Research Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand at the University of Auckland, In 1981, he was Macdonald Chair in Volcanology at the University of Hawaii.[3]

He was married to a woman named Hazel and had a daughter, Alison, and a son, Leonard.


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  1. ^ Self, S.; Sparks, R. S. J. (2006). "George Patrick Leonard Walker. 2 March 1926 -- 17 January 2005: Elected FRS 1975". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 52: 423. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2006.0029. 
  2. ^ Wilson, C. J. N.; Walker, G. P. L. (1985). "The Taupo Eruption, New Zealand I. General Aspects". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 314 (1529): 199. Bibcode:1985RSPTA.314..199W. doi:10.1098/rsta.1985.0019. 
  3. ^ "Professor George Walker". The Times. February 18, 2005. 
  4. ^ "Wollaston Medal". Award Winners since 1831. Geological Society of London. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 

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