Fonds MG 103 - E.G. Nisbet / C.M.R. Fowler fonds

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E.G. Nisbet / C.M.R. Fowler fonds

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MG 103

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  • 1969-1992 (inclusive) ; 1981-1992 (predominant) (Creation)

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4.4 m of textual records and machine readable records

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Euan Nisbet is a scientist internationally respected for the originality and quality of his work. A geologist, he contributed significantly to individual field areas, notably in Zimbabwe and Canada; his contributions to the understanding of Archaean geology, including komatiities, plate tectonics, and the origin of life, are considered by colleagues to be "of profound impact." His most recent research involves global change and environmental issues.

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Christine Mary Rutherford Fowler is the third generation in a family of scientists of extraordinarily high international reputation. Her main areas of research include seismic refraction, thermal models, sedimentary basins and continental crust. She is co-author with E.G. Nisbet on several papers: her latest book, "The Solid Earth", quickly became the standard text in geophysics, and is used at MIT and CalTech, etc.

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Donated by E.G. Nisbet

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This fonds contains correspondence, minutes, reports, articles, drafts, notes, and clippings pertaining to the academic and personal lives of Nisbet and Fowler, and the research and findings of their colleagues in the international geological community. Specific topics include komatiities, plate tectonics, global warming, Third World debt, science education in Canada, Zimbabwe, Archaean geology, origin of life, and the environment.

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This fonds has been arranged into six series:
I. Articles and Publications
II. Conferences, Committees, and Seminars
III. Correspondence
IV. Grants
V. Subject/Nominal
VI. Universities

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Some personal correspondence is closed, and will be reviewed in 2023; some files containing third-party personal information is closed and will be reviewed in 2043.

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