G. J. Wasserburg
California Institute of Technology
Election Year: 1971
Primary Section: 16, Geophysics
Secondary Section: 12, Astronomy
Membership Type: Member
My primary research interests are geochemistry, geophysics, and the application of the methods of chemical physics to problems in the Earth sciences. Major researches have been the determination of the time scales of nucleosynthesis, connections between the interstellar medium and solar material, the time of formation of the solar system, the chronology and evolution of the Earth, Moon, and meteorites, the establishment of dating methods using long-lived natural radio activities, the study of geologic and lunar processes using nuclear and isotopic effects as a tracer in nature, transport of isotopic species in aqueous systems, the origin of natural gases, and the application of thermodynamic methods to geologic systems.