Leon Knopoff (July 1, 1925 – January 20, 2011) was a geophysicist and musicologist. He received his education at Caltech, graduating in 1949 with a PhD in physics, and came to UCLA the following year. He served on the UCLA faculty for 60 years. His research interests spanned a wide variety of fields and included the physics and statistics of earthquakes, earthquake prediction, the interior structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, pattern recognition, non-linear earthquake dynamics and several other areas of solid Earth geophysics. He also made contributions to the fields of musical perception and archaeology.
Honors and awards
- Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 1962.
- Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 1963.
- Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1964.
- Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1965.
- Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, 1976.
- Recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1979.
- Medal of the Seismological Society of America, 1990.
- Member of the American Philosophical Society, 1992.
- Gangi, Anthony F.; Fredricks, Robert W.; Hook, Joseph F. (November 2000). "A volume in honour of Leon Knopoff's 75th birthday". Geophys. J. Int. 143 (2): 1. Bibcode:2000GeoJI.143D...1G. doi:10.1046/j.1365-246X.2000.01278.x.
- "Obituary: Leon Knopoff, 85, internationally distinguished UCLA scientist". Retrieved 2013-11-18.
- "National Academy of Sciences Member Directory". Retrieved 2013-11-18.
- Seaton, M.J. (March 1981). "Gold Medal Awarded to Knopoff, Leon". Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. 22: 1. Bibcode:1981QJRAS..22....1S.
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