New Humboldt Research Awardee at LMU
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recently conferred its Research Award on the American geophysicist Professor Seth Stein of Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). Awardees are invited to carry out a research project with colleagues in Germany, and Stein has embarked on collaborations with the University of Göttingen and LMU. In Munich, LMU Professor Anke Friedrich of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is his host, and he is also a Visiting Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.
Stein is one of the world’s best known researchers in the field of Seismology and Geodynamics. His work focuses on aspects of plate tectonics and the origins of intra-continental seismicity. He is currently engaged on projects relating to the assessment of natural hazards and their impact on political and economic decision-making. His wife, Professor Carol Stein (University of Illinois at Chicago), has accompanied him to LMU, where she will pursue her own interests in Geology, which also lie in the area of plate tectonics. Her research is primarily devoted to the thermal evolution of oceanic crust and the circulation of heat between oceanic plates and mid-ocean ridges.
Seth Stein obtained his PhD at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena) in 1978, and was appointed Professor at Northwestern in the following year. He has won many awards for his contributions to research, including the Geological Society of America’s George Woollard Award, the European Geosciences Union’s Stephan Mueller Medal and the Royal Astronomical Society’s Price Medal. He is a Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea and also serves on several international commissions concerned with seismology, geodynamics and science policy.
The Humboldt Foundation’s programs serve to promote cooperation between excellent German researchers and leading scholars from abroad. Winners of the Humboldt Research Award and holders of Humboldt Research Fellowships are free to choose the German counterparts with whom they wish to collaborate. Hence the number of Humboldt Laureates hosted by an institution is an important measure of the range of its international contacts and its worldwide reputation.