1981 VGP Awardee: Richard A. Yund


  • G. Brent Dalrymple


The VGP award was established to honor individuals who in the past 5 years have made a significant contribution to the fields of volcanology, petrology, or geochemistry. The first person chosen to receive this award is Richard A. Yund of Brown University, for his pioneering work on the kinetics of solid state processes in minerals.

Dick began his career as a pre- then post-doctoral fellow at the Geophysical Lab, and later at Brown University, where he concentrated on sulfides. After solving some difficult problems of phase relations in sulfide systems and becoming interested in the kinetics and mechanisms of exsolution, he abandoned sulfides and turned his attention to feldspars.