Don R. Baker was born in southern Illinois. When he was 11 he learned the story of Volcán Paracutin and fell in love with geology and the idea of a volcano growing in nearby corn fields. Don received his AB in geophysical sciences in 1979 from the University of Chicago, where he did research with A.T. Anderson Jr. and P.J. Wyllie. At Pennsylvania State University he experimentally investigated island arc petrogenesis under David Eggler and received his Ph.D. in geochemistry and mineralogy in 1985. After working at the Smithsonian for one year with Bill Melson investigating plagioclase zoning in Mt....

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