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Leigh "Wiki" H. Royden is an American geologist.

Early lifeEdit

Royden was born in Palo Alto, California. Royden's father was Halsey Royden, a mathematician.


Royden received a A.B. degree in physics from Harvard University and a PhD in geology and geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Royden became a member of the faculty at MIT in 1988. She is director of MIT's Experimental Study Group.[1][2]

Royden has published important papers on thermal subsidence at the northeastern continental margin of North America and on retreating subduction boundaries formed during the collision of continental tectonic plates.[1]

In 1990, she was awarded the Donath Medal (Young Scientist Award) by the Geological Society of America. Royden was named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2004.[3] In 2011, she received the George P. Woollard Award.[1] In 2013, she was awarded the Stephan Mueller Medal [de] by the European Geosciences Union.[2] In 2018, she was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "2011 George P. Woollard Award". Geological Society of America.
  2. ^ a b "Leigh Royden". MIT.
  3. ^ "Fellows - Tectonophysics". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  4. ^ "Royden, Seager Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences". MIT. April 18, 2018.

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