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Biographical entry Wilkinson, John Frederick George (1927 - 2014)

Born
10 October 1927
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Died
8 October 2014
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Geologist

Summary

John Wilkinson was an internationally distinguished classical igneous petrologist and master of the polarising microscope. Having completed his PhD at Cambridge he was appointed to the University of New England where he spent more than 30 years. Here he initiated a career-long program of petrological research on igneous rocks, mainly from north-eastern New South Wales, covering granites, serpentines and especially Tertiary basaltic lavas and their contained mafic and ultramafic inclusions. His petrological and geomechanical investigations of pyroxenite and related xenoliths revealed differentiation processes in melt bodies at mantle depths that potentially created great diversity in derivative magma compositions. The mineral Wilkinsonite was named in his honour in 1990.

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Events

1949
Education - BSc, University of Queensland
1950
Education - MSc, University of Queensland
1951
Career position - Lecturer, Geology Department, University of New England
1954
Education - PhD, Cambridge University
1967 - 1985
Career position - Editor, Journal of Petrology
1972
Award - DSc, University of Queensland
1972 - 1976
Career position - Member, Australian Research Grants Committee
1972 - 1982
Career position - Head of Department of Geology, University of New England
1987
Life event - Retired
1988
Career Position - Emeritus Professor, University of New England

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Binns, Ray, 'John Frederick George Wilkinson 10 October 1927 - 8 October 2014', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, vol. 174, 2015, pp. 40-1. Details

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