Colin Wilson (volcanologist)


Colin James Ness Wilson (born 19 July 1956)[1] FRS FRSNZ[3] is Professor of Volcanology at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Colin Wilson
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Colin Wilson in 2015, portrait from the Royal Society
Colin James Ness Wilson

(1956-07-19) 19 July 1956 (age 66)[1]
Wantage, Oxfordshire[1]
Alma materImperial College London (BSc, PhD)[2]
Known forVolcanology of New Zealand
Scientific career
ThesisStudies on the origins and aplacement of pyroclastic flows (1981)


Wilson was educated at Imperial College London where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1977[12] followed by a PhD in 1981 for research on pyroclastic flows.[13]

Awards and honoursEdit

Wilson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015.[14] His certificate of election reads:[3]

Colin Wilson is an outstanding field-focussed geologist, who has made world-class contributions to understanding explosive volcanism and crustal magmatism, based on uniquely detailed data sets gathered from historic and prehistoric eruption deposits. His studies of explosive volcanism, particularly the eruption and emplacement of pyroclastic flows and ignimbrites, have established many fundamental new ideas on large-scale hazardous volcanic activity and opened up new concepts in quantifying prehistoric eruptions. He has combined his field-focussed data with innovative analytical approaches in comprehensive studies of the dynamics of large ('super-eruption') silicic magma chambers in modern volcanoes. He is a recipient of the Wager Medal of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2001 and of the American Geophysical Union in 2006.

In 2017 he was awarded the Rutherford Medal of the Royal Society of New Zealand for his research on how large volcanoes behave before and during explosive eruptions, including those that created Lake Taupo.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "WILSON, Prof. Colin James Ness". Who's Who. Vol. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Lopes, R. M. C.; Guest, J. E.; Wilson, C. J. (1980). "Origin of the Olympus Mons aureole and perimeter scarp". The Moon and the Planets. 22 (2): 221–234. Bibcode:1980M&P....22..221L. doi:10.1007/BF00898433. S2CID 121806968.
  3. ^ a b c "v". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015.
  4. ^ "VUW wins three top science awards". Wellington.Scoop with Lindsay Shelton. 18 November 2009.
  5. ^ Colin Wilson publications indexed by Google Scholar
  6. ^ Colin Wilson's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Houghton, B. F.; Wilson, C. J. N.; McWilliams, M. O.; Lanphere, M. A.; Weaver, S. D.; Briggs, R. M.; Pringle, M. S. (1995). "Chronology and dynamics of a large silicic magmatic system: Central Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand". Geology. 23: 13. doi:10.1130/0091-7613(1995)023<0013:CADOAL>2.3.CO;2.
  8. ^ Houghton, B. F.; Wilson, C. J. N. (1989). "A vesicularity index for pyroclastic deposits". Bulletin of Volcanology. 51 (6): 451–462. Bibcode:1989BVol...51..451H. doi:10.1007/BF01078811. S2CID 129352329.
  9. ^ Wilson, C. J. N.; Houghton, B. F.; McWilliams, M. O.; Lanphere, M. A.; Weaver, S. D.; Briggs, R. M. (1995). "Volcanic and structural evolution of Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand: A review". Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 68 (1–3): 1–28. Bibcode:1995JVGR...68....1W. doi:10.1016/0377-0273(95)00006-G.
  10. ^ Charlier, B. L. A. (2004). "Magma Generation at a Large, Hyperactive Silicic Volcano (Taupo, New Zealand) Revealed by U-Th and U-Pb Systematics in Zircons". Journal of Petrology. 46: 3–32. doi:10.1093/petrology/egh060.
  11. ^ Wilson, C. J. N.; Walker, G. P. L. (1985). "The Taupo Eruption, New Zealand I. General Aspects". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 314 (1529): 199–228. Bibcode:1985RSPTA.314..199W. doi:10.1098/rsta.1985.0019. ISSN 1364-503X. S2CID 122824685.
  12. ^ Colin Wilson's ORCID 0000-0001-7565-0743
  13. ^ Wilson, Colin J.N. (1981). Studies on the origins and aplacement of pyroclastic flows (PhD thesis). Imperial College London (University of London). OCLC 53587921.
  14. ^ "Professor Colin Wilson FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Recipients". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 2 May 2018.