Charles Langmuir, Ph.D.

Science for the Public: The Public Science Lectures


Charles Langmuir, PhD, Higgins Professor of Geochemistry, Harvard University.

Professor Langmuir's lecture Earth and Humans: A Planetary Perspective was presented on May 06, 2014 at the Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA


This textbook is a standard in geochemistry courses, but nonspecialists will also find it very readable. Charles "Charlie" Langmuir has discovered hydrothermal sites in three ocean basins, and recently co-led the first investigation of the Arctic Ocean ridge system. He has carved a distinguished career in the international science arena investigating many aspects of the solid earth geochemical cycle. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Geochemical Society, and the American Geophysical Union, from which he received the N. L. Bowen Award in 1996. He received the Holmes Medal of the European Union of Geosciences in 2003. Charlie received his B.A. from Harvard University and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where his dissertation research focused on major and trace elements in basalts. He has been at Harvard since 2002, after 20 years at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Charlie has explored the seafloor through some 20 research cruises over the last two decades.

Charles Langmuir and Wally Broecker Honorable Mention for the 2012 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Earth Sciences, Association of American Publishers