Professor Emeritus Dave Pollard receives highest award of Geological Society

DAVE POLLARD, the Barney and Estelle Morris Professor of Earth Sciences, Emeritus, has been awarded the 2021 Wollaston Medal, the highest honor of the Geological Society of London.

David Pollard
David Pollard

The Wollaston Medal was established by British scientist William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828) to promote “researches concerning the mineral structure of the Earth … or of the science of Geology in general.” Wollaston is credited with discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium.

Pollard’s research aims to understand how faults and fractures affect the flow of magma, groundwater and hydrocarbons, and the crucial role fractures play in earthquake generation and volcanic eruption. He uses quantitative field data and principles of structural geology, combined with laboratory and computer modeling, to address fundamental questions about processes of faulting, fracturing and rock deformation.

“Dave was a very prominent figure in structural geology during his years as an active faculty member at Stanford Earth,” said STEPHEN GRAHAM, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth). “His students occupy faculty positions, as well as positions in the petroleum industry.”

The Geological Society of London, which was founded in 1807, has more than 12,000 members worldwide. The organization aims to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, to promote Earth science education and awareness, and to promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth scientists for the public good. Pollard, a professor emeritus of geological sciences, will be recognized during the society’s virtual awards ceremony on June 25.

Read more on the Stanford Earth site.