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Biographical entry Kennett, Brian Leslie Norman (1948 - )

AO, FAA, FRS

Born
7 May 1948
Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom
Occupation
Mathematical physicist and Seismologist

Summary

Brian Kennett is Professor of Seismology at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University in Canberra. He is also Director of the ANSIR National Research Facility and a Past President of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI). He has made numerous discoveries of deep Earth structure, was instrumental in establishing the accepted model by which earthquakes are located, and has conducted a systematic study of the seismic properties of the whole Australian continent. Taken in part from the Royal Society web site http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/page.asp?id=3173#c6.

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After completing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Seismology at the University of Cambridge (1973) Brian Leslie Norman Kennett was appointed a Lindemann Fellow at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), University of California, in San Diego. He left in 1975 and took up the post of University Lecturer at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. Kennett moved to the Research School of Earth Sciences in 1984 as Professorial Fellow, and was Interim Director of the School in 1993, and Chair of BIAS and Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1994-1997. He was President of the International Association of Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors (IASPEI) from 1999-2003.

Brian Kennett's research has covered a very wide range of topics in seismology from exploration work with seismic reflection to the free oscillations of the Earth, and has developed Earth models that are now standard in many applications e.g. earthquake location. He has received recognition through the Adams Prize of the University of Cambridge (1983), Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (1987), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences (1994), Jaeger Medal of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2005), Fellow of the Royal Society, London (2005), and the Murchison medal of the Geological Society of London (2006). Bio-sketch (edited) supplied by Professor Kennett, 2006.

Events

1969
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Cambridge, UK
c. 1970
Education - Master of Arts (MA) completed at the University of Cambridge
1972 - 1976
Career position - Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
1973
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Cambridge
1974 - 1975
Career position - Lindemann Trust Fellow and Visiting Assistant Research Geophysicist at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), University of California, USA
1975 - 1976
Career position - Senior Assistant in Research in the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics at the University of Cambridge
1976 - 1979
Career position - Assistant Lecturer in Applied Mathematics (and Theoretical Physics) at the University of Cambridge
1977 - 1984
Career position - Director of Studies in Mathematics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
1979 - 1984
Career position - Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge
1979 - 1999
Career position - Editor, Geophysical journal international
1980 - 1981
Career position - Visiting Fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, USA (nine months)
1982 - 1984
Career position - Senior Scientist Visiting Fellow of the Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (NTNF) at Norsar (Norwegian Seismic Array) in Kjeller, Norway (multiple visits)
1983
Award - Adams, Prize, University of Cambridge
1984 - 1991
Career position - Professorial Fellow and Head of Seismology at the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra
1988 -
Award - Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
1990 - 1993
Career position - Chair, National Committee for Earth Science, Australian Academy of Science
1991 -
Career position - Professor and Head of the Seismology Group at the Research School of Earth Sciences
1991 - 1999
Career position - Vice-President, International Association for Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior
1992
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Cambridge
1993 -
Career position - Chairman, Technical Advisory Panel, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
1993 - 1994
Career position - Interim Director of the Research School of Earth Sciences (twelve months)
1994 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1994 - 1997
Career position - ProVice-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University
1996 -
Career position - Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society
1996 - 1999
Career position - Chair, National Committee for Earth Science, Australian Academy of Science
1997 - 2002
Career position - Deputy Director of the Australian National Seismic Imaging Resource Major National Research Facility
1998 -
Award - Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
1999 - 2003
Career position - President, International Association for Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in geophysics
2001 - 2003
Career position - Chair, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University
2002 -
Career position - Director, Australian National Seismic Imaging Resource Major National Research Facility
2002 -
Career position - Director of the Australian National Seismic Imaging Resource Major National Research Facility
2002 -
Career position - Earth Physics Coordinator at the Research School of Earth Sciences
2003 - 2006
Career position - Editor, Physics of Earth and planetary interiors
2004
Award - Humboldt Research Award received
2005 -
Career position - Distinguished Professor of Earth Physics at the Research School of Earth Sciences
2005 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
2005
Award - Jaeger Medal received from the Australian Academy of Sciences
2006
Award - Murchison Medal received from the Geological Society of London
2006 - 2010
Career position - Director, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
2007 -
Award - Fellow, Geological Society of Australia
2007
Award - Gutenberg Medal, Seismology Division, European Geosciences Union
2008 -
Career position - Chair, National Committee for Earth Science, Australian Academy of Science
2008
Award - Gold Medal for Geophysics, Royal Astronomical Society, United Kingdom
2011
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science
2017
Award - Inge Lehmann Medal, American Geophysical Union
2019
Award - International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Mantle (IASPEI) Medal
2019
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to earth sciences as a leading academic and researcher, particularly in the field of seismology

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