Roger Powell (scientist)

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Roger Powell
Born (1949-06-14) 14 June 1949 (age 69)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
Thesis Mineral Equilibria in the Leven Schists near Fort William, Inverness-shire (1973)
Doctoral advisor Stephen W. Richardson[3]

Roger Powell FRS,[2] (born 14 June 1949) is a British-born Australian based educator and academic. He is Emeritus professor in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne.[4][5][6][7][8][9]


Powell was educated at Durham University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973.[4] He went on to study at the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1973 for research on mineral equilibria in the schist rock near Fort William, Scotland[10] supervised by Stephen W. Richardson.[3]

Awards and honours

Powell was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015. His nomination reads:

Powell, along with Timothy Holland of Cambridge University developed a widely used thermodynamic database for minerals and developed the THERMOCALC software to undertake calculations on geological material. The software and database are housed on the THERMOCALC website.

Powell was also elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2006.[4] He was awarded the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain's Schlumberger Award in 2007 and the Norman L. Bowen Award in 2009


  1. ^ a b Roger Powell at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Roger Powell FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-05-02.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Roger Powell and Dr. Tim Holland: Featured Scientist Interview". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30.
  4. ^ a b c d "Professor Roger Powell profile". University of Melbourne. Archived from the original on 2014-04-06.
  5. ^ Holland, T. J. B.; Powell, R. (2004). "An internally consistent thermodynamic data set for phases of petrological interest". Journal of Metamorphic Geology. 16 (3): 309. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.1998.00140.x.
  6. ^ Powell, R.; Holland, T. J. B. (1988). "An internally consistent dataset with uncertainties and correlations: 3. Applications to geobarometry, worked examples and a computer program". Journal of Metamorphic Geology. 6 (2): 173. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.1988.tb00415.x.
  7. ^ Roger Powell's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Roger Powell publications indexed by Google Scholar
  9. ^ Holland, T. J. B.; Powell, R. (1990). "An enlarged and updated internally consistent thermodynamic dataset with uncertainties and correlations: The system K₂–Na₂O–CaO–MgO–MnO–FeO–Fe₂O₃–Al₂O₃–TiO₂–SiO₂–C–H₂–O₂". Journal of Metamorphic Geology. 8: 89. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.1990.tb00458.x.
  10. ^ Powell, Roger (1973). Mineral Equilibria in the Leven Schists near Fort William, Inverness-shire (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 500542740.
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