Tanya Atwater

Tanya Atwater

Tanya Atwater

Birth : 1942 Los Angeles, California

Personal Information

Name Tanya Atwater
Birth 1942 Los Angeles, California
Birth Place Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Fields Tectonics Marine geology
Institution University of California, Santa Barbara)
Thesis Implications of Plate Tectonics for the Cenozoic Tectonic Evolution of Western North America(1972)

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Events Occured in Scienctist Life

1942

Atwater was born in Los Angeles, California in 1942.

1960

Atwater began her education in 1960 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then received her B.A. in Geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965.

1972

She earned a Ph.D. (1972) in marine geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

1980

She was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the faculty at UCSB in 1980.

2007

Atwater retired from UCSB in 2007.

1975

In 1975, she became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for her work in tectonophysics.

1984

In 1984, she won the Encouragement Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists.

2019

In 2019 she received the highest award of the Geological Society of America, the Penrose Medal.

1968

In 1968, she co-authored a research paper featuring groundbreaking work into the faulted nature of spreading centers.

1975

Awards and honors 1975, Fellow, American Geophysical Union 1980, AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for top research article in the journal Science 1997, elected to the National Academy of Sciences 2002, National Science Foundation Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

1968

Menard, H. W., and Tanya Atwater, 1968, Changes in direction of sea floor spreading.

1973

Reprinted in Plate Tectonics and Geomagnetic Reversals, p. 412-419, W. H. Freeman Co. San Francisco, 1973.

1973

Reprinted in Plate Tectonics and Geomagnetic Reversals, p. 583-609, W. H. Freeman Co., San Francisco, 1973.

1973

Atwater, Tanya, and P. Molnar, 1973, Relative motion of the Pacific and North American plates deduced from seafloor spreading in the Atlantic, Indian and South Pacific Oceans.

1981

Atwater, Tanya, 1981, Propagating rifts in seafloor spreading patterns.

1991

Basin and range extensional tectonics near the latitude of Las Vegas, Nevada: Geological Society of America Memoir, 176, pp.1-22. Atwater, T., 1991, Tectonics of the Northeast Pacific, Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, Series I, v. I, pp. 295–318.


Honors

  • 1975, Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 1980, AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for top research article in the journal Science
  • 1997, elected to the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2002, National Science Foundation Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. This award, of $300,000 over four years, is given to help and honor distinguished scientists who are working out ways to translate research into education. The money is meant to provide teaching scholars the opportunity to expand their work beyond their home institutions.
  • Leopold von Buch Medal, German Geosciences Society
  • 2005 Gold Medal, Society of Woman Geographers
  • 2019 Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America.