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Professor Robert (Bob) White FRS

Director of The Faraday Institute and Professor of Geophysics

Bob White studied Geology as an undergraduate at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and stayed to do research for a PhD in marine geophysics, which he completed in 1977. Since then he has been mostly in Cambridge, though with research interests around the world. He was elected a Fellow of St. Edmund’s College in 1988. In 1989 he was elected Professor of Geophysics, and in 1994 a Fellow of the Royal Society. His research interests include a wide variety of topics to do with how the earth works, with particular emphasis in recent years on what happens when continental and oceanic plates break apart or collide. He is also researching the way in which molten rock is generated beneath the earth's major rift zones, and then stored in magma chambers in the crust before being erupted from volcanoes. Much of his current fieldwork is in Iceland.