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Frank Press

Frank Press

Professor Frank Press ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 1985


Frank Press is an American geophysicist who has made a number of significant contributions in the areas of seismology and earthquake prediction, the structure of the Earth’s crust and mantle, and towards our understanding of the Moon’s composition.

Alongside his research, he is also noted for his service in a variety of scientific leadership and advisory positions, including as Science Advisor to the President of the United States from 1977–1981, and as the President of the US National Academy of Sciences from 1981–1993. He has also written a number of popular earth science textbooks.

Frank has won many awards in recognition of his work, including the Japan Prize in 1993, the US National Medal of Science in 1994, and the Pick and Gavel Award of the Association of American State Geologists in 2007. He is a member of a number of prestigious scientific organisations, including the Royal Astronomical Society and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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