Stephen C. Porter

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Stephen C. Porter
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Alma materYale University
Known forFor his work in glacial geology
Scientific career
Glacial Geology
Doctoral advisorRichard Foster Flint

Stephen C. Porter was an American geologist who taught in the department of Geological Sciences (now called the department of Earth and Space Sciences) and directed the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington. He was chief editor of the journal Quaternary Research from 1976 until his retirement in 2001.

He died in 2015 at the age of 80.[1]

Porter was well known for his work in glacial geology, and was a pioneer of the subject, particularly in China, which he visited for fieldwork and conferences more than 30 times over the course of his career.[2]. Among his important contributions was the elucidation of climate record contained in the Loess Plateau sediments of China[3], and the recognition of the role of volcanism in explaining the cold temperatures of the Little Ice Age [4]

Porter was honored for his work with numerous awards, including two awards from the Chinese Academy of Science, and the Kirk Bryan Award from the Geological Society of America.[5] He was awarded in 2004 the Distinguished Career Award from the American Quaternary Association.([6])

Porter served as president of both the American Quaternary Association (1992-1994) and the International Quaternary Union (INQUA) (1995-1999), and was an an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America and the Arctic Institute of North America.[7]

External links


  1. "The Lives they Lived: Stephen C. Porter". New York Times. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  2. Gillespie, Alan R. (2015). "Stephen C. Porter: 1934–2015 In Memoriam". Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 47 (4): 597–598. doi:10.1657/AAAR0047-4-Memoriam.
  3. Porter, S.; Zhisheng, A. (1995). "Correlation between climate events in the North Atlantic and China during the last glaciation". Nature. 371: 305–308. doi:10.1038/375305a0.
  4. Porter, S. (1981). "Recent glacier variations and volcanic eruptions". Nature. 291: 139–142. doi:10.1038/291139a0.
  5. "Awards and Honors - Earth and Space Sciences". UW Earth and Space Sciences. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  6. "About Awards". American Quaternary Association. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  7. "Awards and Honors - Earth and Space Sciences". UW Earth and Space Sciences. Retrieved 2020-01-03.

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