by George Zamora
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, Sept. 2007 – New Mexico Tech geochemistry professor Kent Condie recently was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Pretoria in the Republic of South Africa, “in recognition of the significant contributions [he has] made to global geosciences.”
The citation for the award describes Condie as “. . . a leading thinker and innovator in the fields of geochemistry, Precambrian geological evolution, Precambrian plate tectonics, greenstone belt studies, mantle plumes and super plumes.”
In a brief acceptance speech delivered earlier this month at the University of Pretoria’s graduation ceremony, Condie recounted some of the more colorful episodes of his more than 30 years of studying 3.5 billion-year-old greenstone belts in South Africa and other places around the world where the ancient volcanic rocks are found.
Condie, who has taught at New Mexico Tech since 1970, is an internationally recognized and respected expert on mantle plumes, plate tectonics and crustal evolution, and also is a prominent and prolific author, having written several university textbooks which are considered standard works of reference in these respective fields of study.