Donald Lewis Sparks

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Donald Lewis Sparks
CitizenshipUnited States of America
OccupationSoil scientist

Donald Lewis Sparks is an American soil scientist and is currently Unidel S. Hallock duPont Chair of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Francis Alison Professor, and Director, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware.[1]

Donald Sparks has received more than 40 awards and honors for research, teaching and leadership,including the Alison Award, the highest competitive faculty award at the University of Delaware, the Geochemistry Medal from the American Chemical Society[2], the Liebig Medal from the International Union of Soil Sciences, the McMaster Fellowship from the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Einstein Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences[3], and the Pioneer in Clay Science Award from the Clay Minerals Society. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemists, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Soil Science Society of America. He has served as advisor and mentor to 100 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. He was President of the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences.

He received a B.S. in Agronomy in 1975 and an M.S. in 1976 from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia.


A complete list of publications can be found online at the University of Delaware Environmental Soil Chemistry Laboratory website.


  1. Sparks, Donald. "Our Faculty and Staff". Department of Plant & Soil Sciences. University of Delaware. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  2. Davis, Michael. "2015 Geochemistry Medal Award". American Chemical Society. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  3. "Chinese Academy of Sciences "Einstein Professor Donald L. Sparks visited ISSAS". Institute of Soil Science. Chinese Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 1 September 2020.

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