Frederick Vine

Frederick Vine


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I was born on 17 June 1939 in London W4, England. I studied Natural Sciences (BA, 1962) and marine geophysics (PhD, 1965) at Cambridge University, and was a member of faculty in the Department of Geology at Princeton University, N.J., USA 1965-70. There, I extended my research interests to studies of palaeomagnetism and ophiolites. I returned to the UK in 1970 to become a Reader in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. Since 1974 I have been a Professor in the School, and served as Dean from 1977-80 and from 1993-98.

Key Research Interests

Palaeomagnetism, sea floor spreading and plate tectonics, ophiolites (upthrust fragments of oceanic lithosphere exposed on land), physical properties of crustal rocks, energy resources.

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water