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wjmorganprinceton.edu

Position

Knox Taylor Professor of Geography and professor of Geosciences (Geophysics), Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, Princeton, USA.

Research interests

(1) Geochemical Evolution of the Mantle.
(2) Seismic study of the Iceland hotspot.
(3) Motion of plates over hotspots
(4) Asthenosphere flow.

Dr. Morgan published a landmark paper that established the kinematic framework for plate tectonics. He was also first to recognize the presence and important implications of the mid-plate volcanic "hotspots" that create island chains like Hawaii, and co-authored an important work deciphering the complex interactions that result when three tectonic plates meet at a triple-junction.

Prizes and awards

Walter H. Bucher Award of the American Geophysical Union (1972).
Alfred Wegener Medal of the European Union of Geosciences (1983).
New York Academy of Sciences Award in Physical and Mathematical Sciences (1984).
Leon Lutaud Prize of the French Academy of Sciences (1986).
Maurice Ewing Aard of the American Geophysical Union and United States Navy (1987).
Japan Prize of the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan (1990).
Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society of London (1994).
Doctor of Science (honorary), Harvard University (1997).
Vetlesen Prize, Columbia University (2000).

Honors :
Fellow, American Geophysical Union
Foreign Fellow, European Union of Geoscience
Member, National Academy of Sciences
Foreign Associate, French Academy of Sciences

Publications

J. Phipps Morgan, W. J. Morgan, and E. Price, Hotspot melting generates both hotspot volcanism and a hotspot swell?, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 8045-8062, 1995.
J. Phipps Morgan, W. J. Morgan, Y.-S Zhang, and W. H. F. Smith, Observational hints for a plume-fed, suboceanic asthenosphere and its role in mantle convection, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 12753-12767, 1995.

J. Phipps Morgan and W. J. Morgan, Two-stage melting of a multi-component mantle: a proposed link between the chemistry of ocean-island and mid-ocean-ridge basalts, Goldschmidt Conference (March 31, 1996, Heidelberg), J. Conf. Abstrs., 1, 413, 1996. (abstract)

W. J. Morgan and J. Phipps Morgan, Why the Kolbeinsey Ridge differs from the Reykjanes Ridge, Goldschmidt Conference (March 31, 1996, Heidelberg), J. Conf. Abstrs., 1, 413, 1996. (abstract)

W. J. Morgan and J. Phipps Morgan, Present plate velocities over fixed hotspots, Annales Geophysicae, 14, Supl. 1 (Eur. Geophys. Soc., Den Haag, April 1996), C155. 1996. (abstract)

J. Phipps Morgan and W. J. Morgan, Swell-roots and plume-ridge pipelines: two different types of plume-asthenosphere interactions, Annales Geophysicae, 14, Supl. 1 (Eur. Geophys. Soc., Den Haag, April 1996), C156. 1996. (abstract)

W. J. Morgan and 11 others, Seismological study of the Iceland hotspot: installation of a 30-station broadband network and initial results, EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union., 77, 1996 Fall Meeting Supl., F479, 1996. (abstract)

J. Phipps Morgan and W. J. Morgan, Thermal and rare-gas evolution of the mantle, EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union., 77, 1996 Fall Meeting Supl., F780, 1996 (abstract)

W.J. Morgan and J. Phipps Morgan, Two-stage melting of a multi-component mantle: an alternative paradigm for the generation of MORB and OIB, EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union., 77, 1996 Fall Meeting Supl., F806, 1996. (abstract)

R. M. Allen and 11 others, Frequency dependent focusing and seismic attenuation in low velocity regions such as Iceland, EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, 78, 1907 Spring Meeting Supl., S211, 1997. (abstract)

R. M. Allen and 12 others, Crustal thickness across Iceland, EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, 78, 1997 Fall Meeting Supl., F500, 1997. (abstract)

M. J. Pritchard and 12 others, An initial image of the seismic structure of the Icelandic plume, EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, 78, 1997 Fall Meeting Supl., F500, 1997. (abstract).

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