William Fyfe

William Sefton Fyfe, CC FRSC FRS FRSNZ (4 June 1927 – 11 November 2013) was a New Zealand geologist and Professor Emeritus in the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He is widely considered among the world's most eminent geochemists.[1]

William Sefton Fyfe
Born(1927-06-04)4 June 1927
Ashburton, New Zealand
Died11 November 2013(2013-11-11) (aged 86)
London, Ontario, Canada


Born in Ashburton, New Zealand, he received his B.Sc. degree in 1948, his M.Sc. degree in 1949, and his Ph.D. degree in 1952 all from the University of Otago, where he taught in the Geology department as a lecturer. He performed research at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Professor at Berkeley, Imperial College London and the University of Manchester before arriving at the University of Western Ontario in 1972. From 1986 until 1990 he was Dean of Science at the University of Western Ontario.[2]

Honours and awards


  1. Canada (11 November 2013). "globeandmail.com: FYFE". V1.theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. "Passages: William Sefton Fyfe - C.C., FRS, FRS(C), FRS(NZ)". Geolog. Geological Association of Canada. 42 (4): 15–16. Winter 2014.
  3. Order of Canada citation
  4. Evans, Bernard W. (1996). "Presentation of the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America for 1995 to William S. Fyfe" (PDF). American Mineralogist. 81: 771–772. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  5. Fyfe, William S. (1996). "Acceptance of the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America for 1995" (PDF). American Mineralogist. 81: 773–774. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  6. "Wollaston Medal". Award Winners since 1831. Geological Society of London. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
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