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Don L. Anderson
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Born (1933-03-05)March 5, 1933
Died December 2, 2014(2014-12-02) (aged 81)
Nationality American
Alma mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, California Institute of Technology
Known for Plate Tectonics, Seismology, Geochemistry, Scientific Poetry
  • Crafoord Prize (1998)
  • National Medal of Science (1998)
  • William Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union (1991)
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1988)
  • Arthur L. Day Medal of the Geological Society of America (1987)
Scientific career
Fields Seismology, Geophysics, Geology, Geochemistry
Institutions California Institute of Technology, Caltech Seismological Laboratory
Doctoral advisor Frank Press
Doctoral students Martin Smith, Lane Johnson, Bruce Julian, "Francis" Wu, "Leon" Teng, Charles G. Sammis, Harmuth Spetzler, Thomas H. Jordan, James Whitcomb, Hsi-Ping Liu, Scott David King, Jeffrey Given, Shingo Watada, Janice Regan, Eric Chael, Hua-Wei Zhou, Lianxing Wen.
Anderson's expertise in numerous scientific disciplines has been recognized with gold medals from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Geological Society of America, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the highest science medals from the American Geophysical Union and the President of the United States.

Don Lynn Anderson (March 5, 1933 – December 2, 2014) was an American geophysicist. Anderson’s work was about seismology, solid state physics, geochemistry and petrology to explain how the Earth works. Anderson was born in Frederick, Maryland.

Anderson died of cancer in Cambria, California, aged 81.

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