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Biographical entry Chappell, Bruce William (1936 - 2012)


20 November 1936
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
22 April 2012
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Geologist and Geochemist


Bruce Chappell was Professor of Geology at Australian National University from 1992 to 1997 and appointed Professor of Earth Scientific at the University of Wollongong in 2006. His research speciality was the evolution of granites and their role in the fractionation of the Earth's crust. He recognised that many granite magmas move away from their sources deep in the crust as a mixture of melt and solid residual material. With Allan White he determined that there are two types of granite magma. Chappell was a pioneer in the use of X-ray fluorescence spectrography for trace element analysis of rock, leading to contributions in other geological fields, notable the analysis of granites returned to earth by the Apollo lunar missions.



Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of New England, New South Wales
1959 - 1960
Career position - Demonstrator in Geology at the University of New England
1960 - 1968
Career position - Lecturer in Geology at the Australian National University in Canberra
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of New England
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the Australian National University
1968 - 1976
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Geology at the Australian National University
Award - Certificate of Merit, Australian Industrial Design Council
1974 - 1975
Career position - Visiting Scientist in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Cambridge, UK
1977 - 1992
Career position - Reader in Geology at the Australian National University
1983 -
Award - Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (FMSA)
Award - Stillwell Award received from the Geological Society of Australia (co-recipient)
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the Australian National University
1992 - 1997
Career position - Professor of Geology at the Australian National University
1994 - 2012
Award - Fellow of the American Geological Society (FAGS)
1995 - 2012
Award - Honorary Fellow, Geological Society of London
1997 - 2012
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
Award - Mawson Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science
1998 - 2012
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
2001 - ?
Career position - Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Macquarie University in Sydney
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in earth and planetary science
Career position - Leverhulme Fellow and Visiting Professor, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
2006 - ?
Career position - Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Wollongong
2007 - 2012
Award - Fellow, Geological Society of Australia
2008 - 2012
Award - Honorary Fellow, Geological Society, London
Award - Keith Norrish AXAA Award for Excellence in X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis (posthumous), Australian X-ray Analytical Association

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  • Rickard, Mike, comp., Geology at ANU (1959-2009) : 50 Years of History and Reminiscences (Acton, A.C.T.: ANU E Press, 2010), 276 pp. Details

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