Donald L. Turcotte
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Donald L. Turcotte
Donald Turcotte
Born(1932-04-22)April 22, 1932
Alma materCaltech
Cornell University[1]
Known forGeophysics
AwardsArthur L. Day Medal(1981), Charles A. Whitten Medal (1995), William Bowie Medal (2002)

Donald Lawson Turcotte (born 22 April 1932) is an American geophysicist most noted for his work on the boundary layer theory of mantle convection as part of the theory of plate tectonics.[2] He works at the University of California, Davis.

He has won awards including the Arthur L. Day Medal of the Geological Society of America, the William Bowie Medal[3] and the Charles A. Whitten Medal of the American Geophysical Union. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[4]

In 2008, the American Geophysical Union's Nonlinear Geophysics committee established the Donald L. Turcotte Award, which is given annually to one honoree "in recognition of outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to nonlinear geophysics."[5]


  • Donald L. Turcotte and Gerald Schubert, Geodynamics, Cambridge University Press, Third Edition (2014), ISBN 978-1-107-00653-9 (Hardback) ISBN 978-0-521-18623-0 (Paperback)
  • Donald L. Turcotte, Fractals and chaos in geology and geophysics, Cambridge University Press, 1997
  • Gerald Schubert, Donald L. Turcotte, and Peter Olson, Mantle convection in the Earth and planets, Cambridge University Press, 2001


  1. ^ Donald L. Turcotte.
  2. ^ Gates, Alexander E. (2003). "Turcotte, Donald L. (1932–)". A to Z of earth scientists. New York: Facts on File. pp. 265-266. ISBN 9781438109190.
  3. ^ "Bowie Medal Citation". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Donald Turcotte". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Donald L. Turcotte Award". Retrieved .

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