Elected: 1973
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Duncan George Murchison FRSE
Duncan had a long and distinguished career in many aspects of UK and international geosciences and academia as a researcher, academic leader, learned society officer and as an entrepreneur.

Murchison was the father of UK organic petrology. He graduated in Geology from King’s College, Newcastle where he was President of the Students’ Union (1953-54). He then worked as a geologist with Royal Dutch Shell, completing his PhD with Stanley Westoll at the Geology Department of Durham University prior to his appointment as a Research Associate in the Department of Geology in Newcastle (January 1958). He was appointed Lecturer (1960), promoted Senior Lecturer (1968), appointed Reader in Geochemistry (1971) and Professor of Geochemistry (1976). He was Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science (1980-83) and he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1986 until retirement in 1993, when he was accorded the title Emeritus Professor. During this period he also served as Acting Vice-Chancellor for one year in 1991. He was a Fellow, council member and Treasurer of the Geological Society of London and a member of a number of international commissions. He served as President of the Royal Microscopical Society and was ICCP Treasurer for many years and also President (1979-83). Duncan was the 1987 Thiessen medallist and lifelong honorary member of TSOP.

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