Thomas H. Jordan

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Thomas H. Jordan
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Jordan at his desk in Zumberge Hall, Southern California Earthquake Center Headquarters
Born (1948-10-08) October 8, 1948 (age 70)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
Known forPlate Tectonics, Seismology, Imaging Techniques [1]
Scientific career
FieldsSeismology, Geology
InstitutionsUniversity of Southern California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University
Doctoral advisorDon L. Anderson [2]

Thomas H. Jordan (born October 8, 1948) is an American seismologist, and former director (2002-2017) of the Southern California Earthquake Center at The University of Southern California. He was formerly the head of the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Jordan has made significant contributions to plate tectonics concerning the structure of continents, the depth of lithospheric slab penetration, and the nature of mantle convection, for example determining the exact nature and processes involved in plate subduction.[3] Jordan has also pioneered many seismic imaging techniques which he developed for his doctoral dissertation and are now used widely to understand the interior of the earth.[4] Jordan has served on international committees concerning seismic hazard.[5][6][7]


He has published over 190 articles in scientific journals.[8] He has also published two textbooks, "Understanding Earth" and "The Essential Earth".

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Li Zhao1, Thomas H. Jordan1, Kim B. Olsen2 and Po Chen1 (2005-12-01). "Fréchet Kernels for Imaging Regional Earth Structure Based on Three-Dimensional Reference Models". Retrieved 2015-06-18.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Welcome". AGU. 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  3. ^ "Welcome". AGU. 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  4. ^ "Full 3D Tomography: A Comparison Between the Scattering-Integral and Adjoint-Wavefield Methods" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  5. ^ "California reactors less vulnerable - latimes". 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  6. ^ "Indictments Over 2009 Quake Cause Quite a Furor". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  7. ^ "DOE Awards Record Supercomputing Time to UC San Diego, SDSC Researchers". 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  8. ^ "Thomas Hillman Jordan : Resume" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  9. ^ "National Academy of Sciences". Retrieved 2015-06-18.
Preceded by
Thomas Henyey
Southern California Earthquake Center Director
October 2000 – present
Succeeded by