Haraldur Sigurdsson

Haraldur Sigurdsson

Haraldur Sigurdsson

Birth : May 31, 1939(1939-05-31)(age81)

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Name Haraldur Sigurdsson
Birth (1939-05-31)(age81)
Birth Place -05-31)(age81)
Nationality Iceland
Alma Mater Queen's University, Belfast(BSc) University of Durham(PhD)
Fields Volcanology Geochemistry
Institution University of Rhode Island)
Thesis The petrology and chemistry of the Setberg volcanic region and of the intermediate and acid rocks of Iceland(1970)
Doctoral Advisor G. M. Brown

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Haraldur Sigurðsson (born May 31, 1939) is an Icelandic volcanologist and geochemist.


Education Sigurðsson studied geology and geochemistry in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from Queen's University, Belfast, followed by a PhD from Durham University in 1970.


Career and research Sigurðsson worked on monitoring and research of the volcanoes of the Caribbean until 1974, when he was appointed professor at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.


In 1991 he discovered tektite glass spherules at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary (K–T boundary) in Haiti, providing proof for a meteorite impact at the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs.


In 2004 he discovered the lost town of Tambora in Indonesia, which was buried by the colossal 1815 explosive eruption of Tambora volcano.


In 1999, Haraldur Sigurdsson published a scholarly account of the history of volcanology.


He was also editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, also published in 1999.


He was awarded the Coke Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2004.


In the summer of 2014, Sigurdsson wrote a very controversial article on the Solarsilicon Project being developed by the US Company Silicor Materials Inc. in Iceland and its pollution.