Joseph Kirschvink

Nico and Marilyn Van Wingen Professor of Geobiology, California Institute of Technology

Science progresses by a process called hypothesis testing, which involves proposing an idea and then subjecting it to experimental tests. However, someone has to initially propose scientifically plausible hypotheses for this process to work. Prof. Kirschvink has originated several such ideas aimed at increasing our understanding of how biological evolution has influenced, and has been influenced by, major events on the surface of the Earth, as well as Earth's magnetosphere.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Geobiology, California Institute of Technology

Honours

Fellow, Royal Institute of Navigation; Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences; William Gilbert Medal from the American Geophysical Union