Geoscientist from Bayreuth becomes member of the Royal Society
High accolade for Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Frost, Professor for Experimental Geosciences at the University of Bayreuth: the Royal Society, based in London, one of the oldest and most important scientific associations in the world, has granted him membership and thereby made him „Fellow of the Royal Society“. With his internationally acclaimed contributions to structures and processes deep in the Earth’s interior, he is one of the most distinguished geoscientists in Germany. He has been associated with the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI) of the University of Bayreuth in both research and teaching since 1997.
The Royal Society, founded 360 years ago, is the national Academy of Sciences of the United Kingdom, and currently has about 1.600 Fellows worldwide. It awards membership to scientists who have „made a significant contribution to advances in the natural sciences, including mathematics, engineering, and medicine“. As the Royal Society announced today, it has admitted a total of 62 new members, among them Prof. Dr Daniel J. Frost.
„Admission to the Royal Society is a great personal honour. It is all the more pleasing to me for highlighting that high-pressure and high-temperature research in geosciences continues to be perceived and appreciated internationally as an important voice in the concert of scientific disciplines. In this field, the University of Bayreuth offers an excellent environment for projects that provide fascinating insights into the interior of our earth and the history of other planets“, says Professor Frost. In his research work, he deals with, among other things, the development of terrestrial planets and with the oxidation state of the Earth’s mantle, which has a significant influence on living conditions on Earth. In 2019, he was part of a Bayreuth research team that used high-pressure experiments to find out why carbon dioxide, water, and other oxygen-containing compounds from the Earth’s mantle originally escaped into the atmosphere, thus creating conditions that made the Earth habitable. The study was published in the research magazine „Science“.
Since the beginning of his scientific career, Daniel J. Frost has received the highest recognition in the German and international scientific community. In 2015 he was awarded the Leibniz Prize, the most important research prize in Germany. In 2011, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences honoured him with the Arnold Sommerfeld Prize. It was the first time that this prestigious research prize had been awarded for geoscientific research work. In 2008, Professor Frost received an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.
Daniel J. Frost was born in 1970 in Wolverhampton, England. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and geology from the University of London, he moved to the University of Bristol in 1992. Here he received his doctorate in 1995 with a dissertation on high-pressure and high-temperature properties of carbon dioxide. This was followed by a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C. Since 1997 Daniel J. Frost has been working at the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI) of the University of Bayreuth. In 2007 he was appointed Academic Director here, and in 2012 he assumed a W3 professorship for experimental geosciences at the BGI. Since then he has been a member of the board of directors of the BGI.
Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Frost
Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics
University of Bayreuth
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