Studies in Volcanology: The Legacy of George Walker
Professor George Patrick Leonard Walker was one of the fathers of modern quantitative volcanology and arguably the foremost volcanologist of the twentieth century. In his long career, George studied a wide spectrum of volcanological problems and in doing so influenced almost every branch of the field. This volume, which honours his memory and his contributions to the field of volcanology, contains a collection of papers inspired by, and building upon, many of the ideas previously developed by George. Many of the contributors either directly studied under and worked with George, or were profoundly influenced by his ideas. The topics broadly fall under the three themes of lava flows and effusion, explosive volcanism, and volcanoes and their infrastructure.
R. S. J. Sparks, 2009. "The legacy of George Walker to volcanology", Studies in Volcanology: The Legacy of George Walker, T. Thordarson, S. Self, G. Larsen, S. K. Rowland, Á. Höskuldsson
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George Patrick Leonard Walker (1926–2005) was a key figure in the development of volcanic geology and volcanology through his exceptional and broad-reaching contributions. The early part of his career was dominated by an innovative long-term study of the volcanic geology of eastern Iceland and he continued to contribute to the volcanic geology of many areas worldwide. The second part of his career was pivotal in turning volcanology from its previous descriptive style into a modern quantitative science through his quantitative studies of pyroclastic deposits, lava flows, hypabyssal intrusions and volcanic processes. His success rested on his flair for meticulous observation, insistence on measurement, and keen intuition to generate major advances in understanding. He had the ability to merge systematic and comprehensive data sets with novel conceptual models to yield fundamentally new insights. His work was characterized by its extreme originality and broad scope, and forms the underpinning of much of our modern understanding of how volcanoes erupt. He was an inspiration to many colleagues and students. He influenced volcanology not only by research, but also by his genius as a teacher.