Elected: 1992
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Chalmers Moyes Clapperton FRSE

Former Professor of Geography, University of Aberdeen.

Chalmers Clapperton, Professor of Geography at the University of Aberdeen, died on 23rd October, 2018. Chalmers was a researcher and university teacher lauded internationally for his insights into Quaternary glacier fluctuations and their relationship to past environmental and climate changes. He cut his teeth on a PhD supervised by Brian Sissons at the University of Edinburgh entitled The Deglaciation of the East Cheviot Hills in 1967. His research on the Ice Age continued within Scotland but extended to include study of glacier changes in Iceland, Svalbard, the Falkland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and the sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and South Shetland Islands. Further outstanding contributions came from his work in South America where he looked at how high-elevation glaciers in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador changed in extent as they responded to climate change and volcanic eruptions, a topic of keen interest to surrounding populations dependent on the glaciers for water. Chalmers’ later work was in Patagonia where the results revealed how glacier histories at different latitudes could be linked to latitudinal migration of the Southern Westerlies. Read more