The Board of Trustees

Professor Alex Halliday FRS

Professor Alexander Halliday


  • Professor and Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford (since October 2007) and Fellow of St Hugh's College since 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of the American Geophysical Union, and Murchison Medallist of the Geological Society
  • Former President of the Geochemical Society, current President of the European Association for Geochemistry and the VGP Section of the American Geophysical Union
  • Serves on a number of committees including the Council of the Natural Environment Research Council
  • Published on a wide range of geochemistry topics within the fields of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences
  • Educated in geology at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from where he obtained a Ph.D. in physics in 1977. Following postdoctoral work at the Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre, he went on to become Professor of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan before moving to ETH Zurich where he was first Professor and finally Head of the Department of Earth Sciences until 2004

Last updated: 29 April 2010

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The Museum's smallest members of staff are our flesh-eating beetles, Dermestes maculates, who strip carcasses to the bone.