Michael Manga


Michael Manga (born July 22, 1968)[1] is a Canadian-American geoscientist who is currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Manga
Born (1968-07-22) July 22, 1968 (age 55)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Alma materMcGill University;
Harvard University
AwardsMacArthur Fellow
Scientific career
FieldsEarth and Planetary Sciences
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
PatronsNational Science Foundation

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Manga grew up in Ottawa.[2][1] His father is a South African immigrant of Indian descent, and his mother is of German and Polish descent.[3][4] He has a B.S. in geophysics from McGill University (1990), S.M. in engineering sciences from Harvard University (1992), and Ph.D. in Earth and planetary sciences (1994) from Harvard.[5][6]

In 1994 he was selected as a Miller Fellow at the University of California Berkeley for a two-year term. Following his move to the University of Oregon he returned to Berkeley. In 2008-2009 he was named a Miller Research Professor. He served on the executive committee of the Miller Institute between 2009 and 2016.

In 2003, he made Popular Science magazines second annual PopSci Brilliant 10 list[7] and won the Geological Society of America's Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal).[8]

A 2005 MacArthur Fellow, he won an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of his studies of geological fluid mechanics and magma flow prior to eruptions.

In November 2005, shortly after receiving the MacArthur, Manga made another list, the People's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue in which he admits that he agreed to be included because, "I wanted to get information out to people who wouldn't normally hear or see anything about science."[9]

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2018.

His research interests include planetary science, fluid mechanics, hydrology, geodynamics, and physical volcanology.

Academic Background



  1. ^ a b "Michael Manga". The Complete Marquis Who's Who Biographies. January 17, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2020 – via Nexis.
  2. ^ "Member directory: Michael Manga". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Ganjoo, Meenakshi (December 26, 2005). "Indian origin prof is People mag's 'Smart Guy'". Rediff. Archived from the original on December 28, 2005. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Canadian Press (December 12, 2005). "Canada-born scientist among People's sexiest". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "Michael Manga".
  6. ^ Manga, Michael (1994). The motion of deformable drops and bubbles at low Reynolds numbers: applications to selected problems in geology and geophysics (Ph.D.). Harvard University. OCLC 32000812.
  7. ^ Chamot, Josh. "NSF Grants Help Popular Science's "Brilliant 10" Define the Cutting Edge of Science", NSF Newsroom Archives, September 22, 2003.
  8. ^ GSA Medals & Awards, Geological Society of America website, https://www.geosociety.org/awards/03speeches/donath.htm
  9. ^ Edelstein, Wendy."Hesitant hottie", UC Berkeley News, December 2, 2005.
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