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Southampton Professor receives prestigious fellowship

Martin Palmer

Professor Martin Palmer from Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton has been presented with his Geochemistry Fellow 2014 award by The Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry.

Professor Palmer, who is based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, received his honour last week at the 2014 Goldschmidt Conference in Sacramento, CA, USA. 

Professor Palmer, who is Head of the University's Geochemistry Research Group, received his honour in recognition of over three decades of interdisciplinary research in the geochemistry of Earth Surface processes. This has involved studies of volcanism in collisional and subduction zones, submarine and subaerial geothermal activity, ore deposits, marine sedimentary processes, river water chemistry, biomineralisation, sensor development and the impact of subaerial volcanism on the oceans.

He also has a broad range of research interests that reflect his initial training in chemistry. This work includes the application of geochemical techniques to archaeological studies, the sources and impacts of dust in human health, the chemistry of landfill leachates, and the role of metals in the human body released from prosthetic implants.

He says: "It is a great honour to be recognised by my fellow scientists from around the world by this award.  I have been very fortunate to have worked with some outstanding individuals over the years, including the present members of the Southampton Geochemistry Group and the wider University and NOC community - my thanks to them all."

Professor Tim Minshull, Head of Ocean and Earth Science at the University, says: "This award represents richly deserved recognition of Martin's long track record of world-leading research, and also of the exceptional environment for geochemical research that has been created here at the University of Southampton under the leadership of Martin and other senior colleagues in the Geochemistry Research Group."

Since 1996, the EAG and the Geochemical Society award the honorary title Geochemical Fellow to outstanding scientists who have made major contributions to the field of geochemistry. This year Professor Palmer was the only UK recipient of the award.

Watch Professor Martin Palmer receive his honour below at the GoldSchmidt Conference 2014. To go straight to the presentation, go to 4:02 .

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