Gideon Henderson

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Gideon Henderson
Born (1968-07-29) 29 July 1968 (age 51)[citation needed]
Alma materHertford College, Oxford
St. John's College, Cambridge
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society (2013)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Columbia University
ThesisThe uranium and strontium isotope evolution of seawater over the past four hundred thousand years (1995)
Academic advisorsKeith O'Nions

Professor Gideon Mark Henderson FRS (born 29 July 1968) is a British geochemist. His work focuses on low temperature geochemistry, and on improving the understanding of the mechanisms driving climate change. Henderson was the Head of Department at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford.[1][2][3]


Henderson graduated with an Honours degree in Earth Sciences from Hertford College, Oxford. He next went to St John's College, Cambridge, to complete a Ph.D. supervised by Professor Sir Keith O'Nions (1990–1994).


After his PhD, Henderson moved to the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University (1994–1998), working with Wally Broecker. He then became a University Lecturer in Environmental Earth Sciences, BFD at the University of Oxford. Since 2007, Henderson has held the position of Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. He leads the research group "Isotopes and the Environment" and is a Sollas Fellow of University College, Oxford.


Awards include European Union of Geosciences outstanding young scientist award (2001), and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2001.[4] He is a member of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Planning Group for GEOTRACES, an international study of the global marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes.

In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), his nomination read:

"Gideon Henderson has developed new techniques for determining the timescales, magnitude and effects of past global climate change. His work led to the rejection of many proposed mechanisms of glacial-interglacial CO2 cycles and to the realisation that these are driven by processes in the southern ocean. With new approaches to dating sediments he showed that certain glacial cycles are inconsistent with models of orbital forcing and was able to quantify weathering fluxes. He bridged the gap between modellers and geochemists in developing ocean circulation calculations that mimic proxy data and leading a new international initiative to understand ocean compositions.."[5]


  1. ^ Gideon Henderson publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ Broecker, W. S.; Henderson, G. M. (1998). "The sequence of events surrounding Termination II and their implications for the cause of glacial-interglacial CO2changes". Paleoceanography. 13 (4): 352. Bibcode:1998PalOc..13..352B. doi:10.1029/98PA00920.
  3. ^ Henderson, G. M.; Slowey, N. C. (2000). "Evidence from U-Th dating against Northern Hemisphere forcing of the penultimate deglaciation". Nature. 404 (6773): 61–66. Bibcode:2000Natur.404...61H. doi:10.1038/35003541. PMID 10716440.
  4. ^ The Leverhulme Trust. "Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2001".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Gideon Henderson FRS