Provost and William E. Leonhard Professor of Geology at the California Institute of Technology
Dr. Stolper is the esteemed Provost and William E. Leonhard Professor of Geology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Dr. Stolper is an expert in the origin and evolution of igneous rocks on the Earth and other planets using experiment, theory, and field studies. Recent focuses include studies of Hawaii and other hot spot volcanoes, theory and modeling of the thermodynamics of mantle melting, oxygen isotopes as probes of mantle sources of magmas, the petrology of Martian meteorites, and the role of volatiles in island arc magmatism.
He is the former chief scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California (a division of Caltech), and a co-investigator on the Mars rover Curiosity science team.
Dr. Stolper received his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Harvard University, his M.Phil. in Geology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and his A.B. in Geological Sciences from Harvard College (summa cum laude).
A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has published over 130 articles and received numerous honors and awards.