E. Bruce Watson

abbreviated professional biosketch


Williams College, 1968-1969

University of New Hampshire (B.A. in Geology, 1972)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Geochemistry, 1976)

Professional Career

September 1976-August 1977: Post-doctoral Fellow, Carnegie Institution of Washington

1977-present: Assistant -> Full Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

1990-1995: Chairman, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, RPI

1991-1994: Associate Dean of Science for Environmental Programs, RPI

1995-present:  Institute Professor of Science, RPI

2011-> Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (secondary appointment), RPI

Other Appointments

1980:  Research Fellow, Macquarie University, Australia

1984:  Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institut fr Chemie, Mainz, Germany

 Memberships, Awards and Honors

Early Career Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1982

F.W. Clarke Medal of the Geochemical Society, 1983

NSF Presidential Young Investigator, 1984-1989

Geochemical Society (fellow)

American Geophysical Union (fellow)

Mineralogical Society of America (fellow)

Geological Society of America (fellow)

European Association for Geochemistry (fellow)

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (fellow, 1996)

National Academy of Sciences (member, 1997)

President, Mineralogical Society of America, 1998

Arthur L. Day Medal, Geological Society of America (1998)

Participating Guest, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1999)

Distinguished Alumnus, Engineering & Phys. Sciences, University of New Hampshire (1999)

R.A. Daly Lecturer, American Geophysical Union, 1999

Listed in A to Z of Earth Scientists (150 notable Earth scientists, 18th century to present), 2002

Original Member, Highly Cited Researchers, ISI/Thomsen Scientific, 2002

Oualline Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin, 2004

V.M. Goldschmidt Medal of the Geochemical Society, 2005

W.H. Bucher Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2006

Kliegel Lecturer, Caltech, 2008

Murchison Medal, Geological Society of London, 2011

Woodford-Eckis lecturer, Pomona College, 2013

Doctor of Science (honorary), University of Chicago, 2013

Roebling Medal (Mineralogical Society of America), 2018

Professional Service and Outreach Highlights

Editor, American Journal of Science N.L. Bowen volume, 2016-2017

Review Coordinator, NRC report on Volcanic Eruptions, consensus study report

Founding Executive Editor, Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 2014-->2018

Principal Editor, Elements Magazine, 2006-2009

Associate Editor, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 1985-1988

Editor, Chemical Geology, 1991-1995

Editorial Boards: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 1997-1999; Geofluids, 2003-->

Member, NRC Advisory Panel on "Physics and Chemistry of Earth Materials", 1986

Panel Member, NSF Division of Earth Sciences, 1987-1990

Mineralogical Society of America Awards Committee, 1989-1990; fellows committee (2008-2009)

Geochemical Society: Clarke Medal Committee, 1986-1989; Councilor (1991-1994); Budget Committee, 1990; Nom. Committee (1998-2000); Goldschmidt Conference Publicity Chairman, 1990

NSF Site Committee for the Stony Brook Center for High-Pressure Research, 1992

Am. Geophys. Union: VGP Fellows Committee (1992-1995; 2001-2003); VGP Nom. Committee (1997)

Roebling Medal Committee, Mineralogical Society of America, 1993-1994

Chairman, Department of Energy O.P.A. Review Panel (Geochemistry), 1993

NSF Continental Margins Steering Committee and Workshop, 1993

Committee of Visitors, Petrology & Geochemistry Program, NSF/EAR, 1993

Committee of Visitors, Instrumentation & Facilities Program, NSF/EAR, 1997, 2010 (co-chair)

Member, Medals Committee, American Geophysical Union, 2006-2007

Member, Mineralogical Society of America fellows nominating committee, 2007 (chair 2008)

Member, National Academy of Sciences Day Prize and Lectureship Committee, 2007

Member, Fellows Committee, Geochemical Society and European Assoc. of Geochemistry, 2006-2007

Member, Advisory Committee to the Geosciences Directorate, NSF, 2008-2010

Miller Medal Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 2010

Visiting Committees, Geoscience departments: McGill University (1991); Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Lab. (1992, 2000); Brown University (1993) Harvard University (1994, 1999); University of Houston (2002); University of Maryland (2003); Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences (2004, external reviewer); Arizona State University (2004; chair); University of New Hampshire (2004; chair); Rice University (2000, 2005); California Institute of Technology (2010); Carnegie Institution for Science, Geophysical Lab (2015, chair).

Member, Nominating Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 2011-2013

Long-range Planning Committee, Mineralogical Society of America, 2011-2013

New Visions STEM program for local high-school students (presenter/mentor), 2003-->2015

Rensselaer Astrobiology Teachers' Academy (presenter/mentor, 1 summer week), 2009-2014

Research Institute for Science Teachers (summer program mentor), 2015-2016

New York Center for Astrobiology (member 2009-present; director 2016-->)