He studies the Earth’s crust and alkaline rocks. Tom Andersen is Professor at the University of Oslo and has been appointed Honorary Doctor at the Faculty of Science.
Tom Andersen is trying to figure out when and to what extent the continental crust has grown thicker by accumulation of material from the Earth’s mantle. He also studies alkaline igneous rocks.
‘Alkaline rocks may contain deposits of uranium, thorium and rare earth metals and are therefore of interest from both a scientific and an economic perspective,’ says Andersen.
Studies have shown that new insights may be gained about fundamental processes in the ground by looking at well-known phenomena from a different angle.
‘It’s always hard to predict what research will lead to. Research I did many years ago has turned out to be of interest in the mining industry, and that’s something I would never have guessed.’
One of andersen’s most recent projects entails studying how biological isotope data can be used to determine where grains of sand in different places came from or the origins of metals found in old graves.
Andersen was formally appointed Honorary Doctor at the University’s conferment ceremony for new doctors on 25 October. The title was conferred by promoter Kristina Sundell, professor at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. David Cornell at the Department of Earth Sciences served as Andersen’s host.
BACKGROUND TO THE DECISION
Tom Andersen is appointed Honorary Doctor for outstanding research on the origins and development of the continental crust, but also for his successful work with age determination where new revolutionary research methods have been developed. His work with exchanges of students and researchers between universities has been of great benefit to the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg.