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Biographical entry Ringwood, Alfred Edward (Ted) (1930 - 1993)


19 April 1930
Kew, Victoria, Australia
12 November 1993
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Ted Ringwood was a geophysicist who was internationally renowned for his research on the geochemical evolution of the solar system, the composition and mineralogy of the Earth's mantle, the composition of the Earth's core, the relationships between mineralogical phase transitions and mantle dynamics, and nuclear waste disposal. Among his many publications were the books The composition and petrology of the Earth's mantle (1975) and The origin of the Earth and Moon (1979). Ringwood held chairs in Geophysics and Geochemistry at the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University, becoming the School's Director in 1978. The A. E. Ringwood Medal has been awarded on alternate years since 2010 by the Geological Society of Australia to recognise exceptional research advances in the knowledge of fundamental Earth processes.



Education - MSc, University of Melbourne
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
1957 - 1958
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1958 - 1963
Career position - Research fellow, Department of Geophysics, Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University
1963 - 1967
Career position - Professor of Geophysics, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
1966 - 1993
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1967 - 1978
Career position - Professor of Geochemistry, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
1967 - 1993
Award - Commonwealth and Foreign Member, Geological Society of London
1969 - 1972
Career position - Member of Council. Australian Academy of Science
Award - Rosenteil Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1971 - 1972
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Academy of Science
1972 - 1993
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
Award - Bowie Medal, American Geophysical Union
Award - Arthur L. Day Medal, Geological Society of America
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1975 - 1993
Award - Foreign Associate, National Academy of Science, U.S.A.
1975 - 1993
Award - Honorary Member, All-Union Mineralogical Society, U.S.S.R.
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science
1978 - 1983
Career position - Director, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
Award - Pawsey Memorial Lecture, Australian Institute of Physics
1983 - 1993
Award - Honorary Foreign Fellow, European Union of Geosciences
Award - Gold Medal for Research, Royal Society of Victoria
Award - Honorary Doctorate (Dr, ver. nat. h. c.) University of Göttingen, Germany
Award - Wollaston Medal, Geological Society of London
Award - Feltrinelli International Prize, National Academy of Italy
1991 - 1993
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - Harry H. Hess Medal, American Geophysical Union
Award - Jaeger Medal, Australian Academy of Science

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  • Green, David H., 'Ringwood, Alfred Edward' in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Koertge, Noretta, ed., vol. 6 (Detroit : Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008), pp. 258-262 . Details

Edited Books

  • Moyal, Ann ed., Portraits in Science (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1994), 209 pp. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn