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George Patrick Leonard Walker : biography

2 March 1926 - 17 January 2005

George Patrick Leonard Walker FRS (2 March 1926 – 17 January 2005) was a British geologist who specialized in mineralogy and volcanology.


He worked on the volcanic rocks of Iceland and on Mount Etna. He taught at Imperial College. In 1978, he was Captain James Cook Research Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand at the University of Auckland, In 1981, he was Macdonald Chair in Volcanology at the University of Hawaii.

He was married to a woman named Hazel and had a daughter, Alison, and a son, Leonard.

Selected publications


  • Honorary D.Sc. from the University of New Zealand in 1988.
  • Dr. scient. hon. c. from the University of Iceland in 1988.
  • Icelandic Order of the Falcon, conferred by the president of Iceland in 1977.
  • Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1982.
  • UH Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Research in 1985.
  • Thorarinsson Medal (IAVCEI) in 1989.
  • Wollaston Medal (Geological Society of London) in 1995.
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