Derek Sears

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Professional Biography:

University of Manchester, 1974-1977, Postdoctoral Research Assistant. University of California at Los Angeles, 1979-1981, Assistant Research Chemist. University of Arkansas, 1981-1984, Assistant Professor; 1984-1988, Associate Professor; 1988-2005, Professor; 2005-present, University Professor. The Open University, UK, Jan.-Dec. 1987, Senior Research Fellow (OCDA).


Date and Place of Birth: December 18, 1948, Maidstone, Kent, U.K.
Marital Status: wife and three sons.
Citizenship Status: U.S. Citizen


University of Kent at Canterbury, 1970, B.Sc. (Chemistry)
University College London, 1971, Diploma in Space Science
University of Leicester, 1974, Ph.D. (Astronomy/Geology)

Research Interests:

Current Projects and Interests:

Studies of radiogenic, cosmogenic, shock and metamorphic effects in meteorites by thermoluminescence techniques. Thermodynamic models for the origin of meteorites, analysis of meteorites by neutron activation and electron-beam techniques. Physical and chemical processes occurring on the surfaces of small planetary bodies and Mars.

Select Publications:

List attached.

Awards and Other:

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, 1977-1979
Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, 1988
University of Arkansas, Haliburton Research Award, 1991
University of Arkansas, Distinguished Faulty Achievement Award, Research and Service, 1999.
Asteroid named Sears, 2001.
W. M. Keck Professorship in Space and Planetary Sciences, 2005.
Meteoritical Society Award for Service (Editorship of the Society’s Journal), 2009.
Listed in: American Men and Women of Science, Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Achievement, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Five Thousand Personalities of the World, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Who’s Who in the World.


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