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Molnar Wins the 2014 Crafoord Prize

By January 17, 2014

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Anyone who studies plate tectonics in any detail, especially the continents, comes across the name and the papers of Peter Molnar. The longtime University of Colorado professor, a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), has been named the winner of the Crafoord Prize, the nearest thing in the Nobel system, run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, to a geoscience Nobel.

Molnar's home page at CIRES gives the range of his current interests, and the publication list there goes back to fundamental contributions in plate tectonics, with some of the field's leading scientists, starting in 1969. A much larger set of publications is available at his University of Colorado page, which I encourage you to peruse all the way to the bottom, where his 1990 spoof paper correlating the rise of humans with the rise of mountains is there for the download.

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