The geoscientist Professor Donald Bruce Dingwell is Chair of Mineralogy and Petrology and Director at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. As of 1 July 2021, he will take over the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Research Centre for Geosciences. The election took place recently.
In recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements, Dingwell has now been accepted as a member of the prestigious Royal Society, the National Academy of Sciences in the United Kingdom. Professor Dingwell's research is in the experimental study of geomaterials, particularly to gain insights into rock formation and volcanism. Four weeks ago, his latest paper was published in the science journal Nature. The international team studied a 2018 eruption series of the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii with a total of 24 eruptions, geologically in terms of the chemical and physical nature of the erupted magma as well as in terms of the observed earthquake waves.
Donald Bruce Dingwell has already received numerous national, European and international scientific awards. After being admitted to the Royal Society of Canada, the Academia Europaea, acatech and the Leopoldina, membership of the Royal Society is now Dingwell's fifth academy membership. The Royal Society accepts up to 52 Fellows and up to ten external members each year. Currently, the Royal Society has around 1700 members.