The Distinguished Professor award is the highest academic honour Macquarie can bestow on a member of our academic community, recognising professors who have made an outstanding contribution to their field of scholarship or discipline and to the University.
Professor Simon Turner is a world renowned earth scientist who has made major contributions to igneous petrology and geochemistry, sediment provenance, crustal growth, continental flood basalts, potassic lavas associated with high plateau formation, mid-ocean ridge basalts, ocean island basalts and island arc lavas. He has used uranium-series isotopes in innovative ways to constrain the time scales of magma formation, transport and differentiation as well as soil production and erosion rates.
Professor Turner has published over 175 papers, cited more than 9000 times with an h-index of 52. This includes 12 papers in Nature and Science and two co-edited books on U-series geochemistry and the time scales of magmatic processes. He has held distinguished fellowships in both the UK and Australia, including a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, a Federation Fellowship and an ARC Professorial Fellowship. In 2000, he was made a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and awarded the Society’s Lyell Fund in 2002. He was made a Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia in 2012 and received a Humboldt Research Award in 2013.
Simon has a proven record of research team leadership and mentoring and guiding the development of younger colleagues to PhD completions and in many cases to continuing careers in academia. He initiated the State of the Arc conference series, has run a Penrose meeting in the Azores and won the bid for, and chaired, the 16th annual Goldschmidt conference held in Melbourne in 2006. He was a director of the Geochemical Society (US) for 4 years and has served on the editorial board for numerous international and national journals continuously since 2000. He currently serves on the executive for the Geological Society of Australia and the NCRIS funded, AuScope II steering committee promoting synchrotron science and championing the cause for a dedicated Earth Science beam-line at the Australian Synchrotron.
Professor Turner is driven by his passion and curiosity to solve fundamental problems in the earth sciences and is a very deserving recipient of a Macquarie University Distinguished Professorship.