Stanley Keith Runcorn

Stanley Keith Runcorn

Stanley Keith Runcorn

Birth : Stanley Keith Runcorn 19 November 1922 Southport, England, United Kingdom

Death : 5 December 1995(1995-12-05)(aged 73) San Diego, California, United States

Personal Information

Name Stanley Keith Runcorn
Birth Stanley Keith Runcorn 19 November 1922 Southport, England, United Kingdom
Birth Place Southport, England, United Kingdom
Death (1995-12-05)(aged 73) San Diego, California, United States
Died At San Diego, California, United States
Nationality British
Alma Mater University of Cambridge(BA) University of Manchester(PhD)
Fields Plate tectonics Paleomagnetism
Institution University of Cambridge University of Manchester Newcastle University University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
Thesis Investigations relating to the main geomagnetic field(1949)
Famous Research reestablishing viability of the theory of continental drift; discoveries in planetary magnetism
Doctoral Advisor Patrick Blackett

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Events Occured in Scienctist Life

1942

Runcorn was born in Southport, Lancashire, and educated at King George V Grammar School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, whence he graduated in engineering within two years in 1942.

1949

After a period in radar research during the World War II, he joined the Physics Department at the University of Manchester where he did research on aspects of the Earth's magnetic field, taking his PhD for research supervised by Patrick Blackett in 1949.

1956

Runcorn's PhD led to his interest in palaeomagnetism, the study of the magnetism of rocks, which he pursued first at the Geophysics Department at the University of Cambridge and later at Newcastle University, where he was appointed to the chair of Physics in 1956.

1988

After his retirement in 1988 he continued to be active in various lines of research until his untimely death in San Diego in 1995.

1965

Awards and honours Runcorn received many honours, including Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1965, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Fleming medal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

1970

In 1970 he was awarded the Vetlesen Prize, widely considered the highest honor in geology.

1981

In 1981, Runcorn became a founding member of the World Cultural Council.

1989

He served as the Sydney Chapman Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences at the University of Alaska from 1989 to 1995.

2007

In 2007 the RAS named an award – for the year's best PhD thesis in geophysics – the Keith Runcorn Prize in his honour.

1985

Magnetism, planetary rotation, and convection in the solar system : retrospect and prospect : in honour of Prof. S.K. Runcorn (1985) edited by W. O'Reilly, S. K. Runcorn Runcorn, S. K., ed.