Neil Donald Opdyke, Ph.D.

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States

Neil Donald Opdyke, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology and higher education.

Supported by more than 50 years of practiced experience in geology and academia, Dr. Opdyke currently serves as distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Florida, where he previously served as distinguished professor from 1999 to 2009, professor of geology from 1981 to 1999, and chair of geology from 1981 to 1988. Prior to these appointments, he served the Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory as the interim director in 1987, senior curator of geology samples from 1974 to 1981, senior staff of the excessive committee from 1969 to 1981, senior research associate from 1967 to 1981, and research associate from 1964 to 1966. Likewise, he also served Columbia University in myriad capacities, including as an adjunct professor of geology from 1974 to 1981 and part-time lecturer in the department of geology from 1967 to 1969. Alongside these roles, Dr. Opdyke acted as a visiting professor at the University of Paris in 1989, a senior Fulbright Fellow in Australia from 1977 to 1981, and a part-time lecturer at Hunter College from 1967 to 1968.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Opdyke pursued a formal education at Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. He subsequently attended Durham University in England, where he received a Doctor of Philosophy in 1958. Soon thereafter, he served in a postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University, Australian National University and the University of Zimbabwe. Later on in his career, he obtained a Doctor of Science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1982. During his tenure in education, he served on the editorial board of Quaternary Research in 1982.

The former president of the geomagnetism and paleomagnetism section of the American Geophysical Union, Dr. Opdyke also maintained affiliation with the National Academy of Sciences, the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of Australia and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In light of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Opdyke has received several awards from the American Geophysical Union, including the Cox Lecturer Award and the John Adam Fleming Medal. In addition, he received the George P. Wollard Award, the Stillwell Award and the Woodland Award from the Geological Society of America. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Opdyke has notably been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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