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Robert Stephen John Sparks

British volcanologist


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Sir Robert Stephen John Sparks is the Changing Wills Professor of Geology for the University of Bristol’s Department of Earth Sciences (where he has been since 1989) and one of the leading volcanologists in the world. Sparks earned a B.Sc and a Ph.D from Imperial College in London. His work on igneous petrology and volcanology has been cited more than 10,000 times, making him among the ISI’s Most Highly Cited Researchers. His research has included fluid mechanics, sedimentology, and geophysics and included risk assessment for environmental hazards such as seismic disturbances and volcanic flows, deposits, and eruptions.

He has received significant honors, including the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London, the Arthur L. Day Medal of the Geological Society of America, the Arthur Holmes Medal of the European Geosciences Union, and was named a Commander of the British Empire in 2010. He has also provided influential leadership in his roles as president of the Geological Society (1994-1996), president of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (1999-2003), and as president of Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology (2008-2012).

In 2018, Sparks was awarded the Royal Medal and made a Knight Bachelor by the Queen.

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Sir Robert Stephen John Sparks, , is Chaning Wills Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. He is one of the world's leading volcanologists and has been widely recognised for his work in this field.

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University of London

Federal research university in London, England

University of Bristol

Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom

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University of Cambridge

Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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Earth Sciences