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Professor Harry Elderfield tribute

last modified Jul 19, 2016 09:37 AM

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It was with great sadness that we announced the death of Harry Elderfield, on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Professor Henry "Harry" Elderfield, FRS, (born 1943), was Professor of Ocean Geochemistry and Palaeochemistry at the Godwin Laboratory, Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge University. He was recognised for his contributions with several notable awards including the Lyell Medal in 2003 and the V. M. Goldschmidt in 2013. Harry was much loved and respected academic, teacher and mentor in our department. His death is a profound loss.

A Memorial for Harry Elderfield will be held in the Chapel of St Catharine’s College at 2pm on Saturday 15 October 2016. This will be followed by a reception in the McGrath Centre.

Scientific Symposium in honour of Harry Elderfield

Dear Friends & colleagues of Harry Elderfield,

We, in the Department of Earth Sciences, have organised a scientific symposium honouring the many contributions that Harry made to understanding the chemistry and palaeochemistry of the oceans. It will take place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of October, followed by a Memorial Service in his College Chapel at 2.00 pm on the 15th. If you wish to attend the symposium please let us know by email to as the capacity of the venue is limited. A programme of the symposium is attached.

Yours sincerely,

Nick McCave, Dave Hodell, Mervyn Greaves


You can listen to Harry as he delivers the AGU Emiliani Lecture in 2011




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