1987 Ewing Medal to W. Jason Morgan


  • W. Jason Phipps Morgan,

  • W. J. Morgan


William Jason Morgan, Jr., entered geophysics through a lucky break — for both him and geophysics. He was a graduate student in physics at Princeton University, looking for evidence of gravity waves and possible changes in the gravitational constant, when Walter Elsasser came over from the Geology Department looking for a post doc who wished to explore some mantle convection problems. Since he enjoyed living in Princeton, and Elsasser's problems sounded interesting, he accepted. The few small steps from the Physics Building to the neighboring Geology Department turned out to be the longest move so far in his professional career, as he is now a professor of geophysics at Princeton. In any case, his mind has made giant leaps since then