Peter Molnar wins Crafoord Prize in Geosciences
Peter Molnar, Professor in Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, United States and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has won the 2014 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences for his seminal contribution to the theory of global tectonics, the processes which control the Earth’s crust.
The Crafoord Prize, worth SEK 4 million (about £380,000), is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and will be presented to Prof. Molnar in May. In their citation the Prize Committee recognised his half a century of ground-breaking work. His research has helped explain how tectonics affects the deformation of continents, the structure and evolution of mountain ranges and its impact on ocean-atmosphere circulation and climate.
Prof. David Southwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, said: “The Crafoord Prize recognises the very best scientists in the world. I’m delighted to see one of our Fellows, Prof. Molnar, a geoscientist of high stature, rewarded for a lifetime of work that fundamentally changed our ideas about the planet we live on.”