|Birth||1942 Los Angeles, California|
|Birth Place||Los Angeles, California|
|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)|
Events Occured in Scienctist Life
Atwater was born in Los Angeles, California in 1942.
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.
She earned a Ph.D. (1972) in marine geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
She was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the faculty at UCSB in 1980.
Atwater retired from UCSB in 2007.
In 1975, she became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for her work in tectonophysics.
In 1984, she won the Encouragement Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists.
In 2019 she received the highest award of the Geological Society of America, the Penrose Medal.
In 1968, she co-authored a research paper featuring groundbreaking work into the faulted nature of spreading centers.
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.
Menard, H. W., and Tanya Atwater, 1968, Changes in direction of sea floor spreading.
Reprinted in Plate Tectonics and Geomagnetic Reversals, p. 412-419, W. H. Freeman Co. San Francisco, 1973.
Reprinted in Plate Tectonics and Geomagnetic Reversals, p. 583-609, W. H. Freeman Co., San Francisco, 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.
Atwater, Tanya, 1981, Propagating rifts in seafloor spreading patterns.
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.
- 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.