William Fyfe

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William Sefton Fyfe
Born (1927-06-04)4 June 1927
Ashburn, New Zealand
Died 11 November 2013(2013-11-11) (aged 86)
London, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Geologist

William Sefton Fyfe, CC FRSC FRS FRSNZ (4 June 1927 – 11 November 2013) was a New Zealand geologist and Professor Emeritus in the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He is widely considered among the world’s most eminent geochemists.[1]


Born in Ashburn, New Zealand, he received his B.Sc. degree in 1948, his M.Sc. degree in 1949, and his Ph.D. degree in 1952 all from the University of Otago, where he taught in the Geology department as a lecturer. He performed research at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Professor at Berkeley, Imperial College London and the University of Manchester before arriving at the University of Western Ontario in 1972. From 1986 until 1990 he was Dean of Science at the University of Western Ontario.[2]

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  1. ^ Canada (2013-11-11). "globeandmail.com: FYFE". V1.theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Passages: William Sefton Fyfe - C.C., FRS, FRS(C), FRS(NZ)". Geolog. Geological Association of Canada. 42 (4): 15–16. Winter 2014. 
  3. ^ Order of Canada citation
  4. ^ "Wollaston Medal". Award Winners since 1831. Geological Society of London. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 

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