School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


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  • Professor of Mineralogy since 1988
  • Head of Department of Geology and Geophysics, 1993-1996
  • PhD 1963, Durham University
  • BSc Geology, Durham University, 1960
  • 1963-1964 DSIR Research Fellow, University of Manchester
  • 1964-1983 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
  • 1983-1988 Personal Professorship, University of Aberdeen
  • 1987-1988 Head of Department of Geology and Mineralogy


Editorial work

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1984
  • Schlumberger Medallist, Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 1993
  • Hallimond Lecturer, Mineralogical Society, 1977
  • President of the Mineralogical Society, 1994-1996
  • Vice-President of the Mineralogical Society, 1980
  • President, International Mineralogical Association, 2002-2006
  • Vice-President, International Mineralogical Assocation, 1998-2002
  • Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, 1995
  • First International Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Mineralogical Society of America, 2000-2001
  • British Editor of Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, from 1982
  • Sub-Editor of Mineralogical Abstracts, 1970-84
  • Editorial Board of Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 1985-87 and 1998-2002
  • Assistant Editorial Board of Journal of Petrology, from 1994

National Committees

Major meetings organised

Natural Environment Research Council

  • Member of Geological Sciences Training Awards Committee 1983-1987
  • Member of Geological Sciences Research Grants Committee 1984-1987
  • Member of Geological Sciences Research Grants and Training Awards Committee 1992-1996
  • Chairman, Review Panel on MSc courses in Mining Geology and Geochemistry 1984
  • Chairman, Visiting Group for Research in Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology 1985
  • Chairman of Review Panel on Ion Microprobes 1986
  • Chairman of Ion Microprobe Facility Steering Committee 1987

Nature Conservancy Council

  • Member of Advisory Committee for Scotland, 1985-1991
  • Member of Geological Conservation Review Publication Mangement Committe, 1987-91
  • Director of NATO Advanced Research Workshop 'Origins of igneous layering' held in Narsarsuaq, Greenland, 1986
  • Director of NATO Advanced Study Institute 'Feldspars and their reactions' held in Edinburgh, 1993
  • General Chairman, 18th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association, 'Mineralogy for the New Millennium', Edinburgh, 2002

PhDs supervised (year of completion)


  • 1974 P Smith Subsolidus crystallization in the system NaAlSi3O8(Ab)-CaAl2Si2O8(An)-KAlSi3O8(Or) at PH2O 1 kilobar
  • 1974 JG Anderson The geology of Alangorssuaq, Northern Nunarssuit Complex, South Greenland
  • 1974 EB Walsworth-Bell (also supervised by M Munro) Some studies of various Aberdeenshire granitic rocks
  • 1978 RA Mason Al,Si ordering of albite in aqueous solutions
  • 1980 AW Butterfield Geology of the western part of the Nunarssuit alkaline complex, South Greenland
  • 1983 SF Rennie (with PE Brown) The mineralogy and geochemistry of the Lochnagar complex
  • 1984 SM Becker Petrology of the giant dykes of Isortoq and feldspar variation in the Klokken complex, South Greenland
  • 1989 BN Young The petrology and petrogenesis of a suite of minor alkaline intrusions in the Assynt district, Sutherland
  • 1990 JC Rushton (with NH Trewin) The diagenetic formation of feldspars


  • 1990 AA Finch The chemical and isotopic character of fluids associated with alkaline magmatism, South Greenland
  • 1991 FDL Walker Micropores in alkali feldspar (with CM Graham)
  • 1994 M Hodson Genesis of igneous layering in granites, syenites and nepheline syenites of the Gardar alkaline province, South Greenland (with BGJ Upton)
  • 1995 P Thompson The behaviour of potassium feldspar at high water pressures (with CM Graham and SC Elphick)
  • 1997 K Goodenough Small degree partial melts in the Gardar mantle: the Ivigtut complex, South Greenland (with BGJ Upton)
  • 2000 JA Hollis Natural and experimental constraints on ultra-high-T metamorphism (with SL Harley)
  • 2002 N Cayzer Feldspar microtextures and the thermal histories of high-grade terranes (with SL Harley)
  • Current, from 1.1.03 Zainuddin Yussoff Alkali feldspar dissolution during the weathering of granite under tropical conditions (with B Ngwenya)