Murli Manghnani, a professor in the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Manghnani, who joined the HIGP in 1963, has made impressive contributions in the field of high pressure-high temperature mineral physics, with a focus on the structure and transformation of minerals deep in Earth’s interior.
AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with 60,000 members in 137 countries. Each year since 1962, AGU has elected fellows, members whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields. It is a distinguished honor bestowed upon no more than 0.1 percent of the AGU membership annually.
Among his most significant accomplishments, Manghnani discovered unique properties and structures of silicate melts in Earth’s mantle and core-related iron-rich melts. These measurements provided fundamental understanding of the properties of small planetary cores, including properties of the liquids of Earth’s core.
“With a rare combination of deep interest, dedication, enthusiasm and collaborative spirit, Manghnani has been able to creatively help in establishing a world-class facility in high-pressure mineral physics research at UH Mānoa, along with a cadre of faculty and researchers,” said Robert Wright, researcher and interim director of HIGP.
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