Manik Talwani

Emeritus Professor


manik@rice.edu
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Education

Delhi University, Physics B.Sc. (Honors) 1951
Delhi University, Physics M.Sc. 1953
Columbia University Geophysics Ph.D 1959
Oslo University, Norway, Ph.D.(Hon. Causa) 1981

Awards & Honors

MEMBER Sigma XI, 1960
First KRISHNAN MEDAL, Indian Geophysical Union, 1965
Sixth JAMES B. MACELWANE AWARD, American Geophysical Union, 1967
FELLOW, AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION, 1971
NASA EXCEPTIONAL SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 1973
GUGGENHEIM Fellowship, 1973-74
FULBRIGHT-HAYS Grant, 1973-74
FELLOW, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, 1977
EXEMPLAR OF EXCELLENCE , EXPLORER OF BRAHMA, Embassy of India,1979
Sixth MAURICE EWING AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN OCEANOGRAPHY, American Geophysical Union and United States Navy, 1981
HONORARY DOCTORATE of PHILOSOPHY, University of Oslo, Norway, 1981
Second GEORGE P. WOOLLARD AWARD, Geological Society of America, 1984
FELLOW, NORWEGIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, 1987
SACKLER DISTINGUISHED LECTURER, University of Tel Aviv, Israel, 1988
UNESCO TOKTEN AWARD National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India,1990
FOREIGN MEMBER, RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES, 1992
ALFRED WEGENER MEDAL, European Union of Geoscience, 1993
HONORARY MEMBER, Houston Geophysical Society, 1993
FOREIGN FELLOW, Geological Society of India, 2000
LUDGER MINTROP AWARD, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, 2002
EMILE WIECHERT MEDAL, German Geophysical Society, 2009
GOLDSCHMIDT LECTURE, NORWEGIAN GEOL. SURVEY, (2010)
ARCTIC CONFERENCE DAYS, Tromsoe, Norway, Keynote speaker (2010)

Keywords

geophysics, tectonophysics

Research

Interpreting the results of an airborne gravity gradiometer survey over the San Andreas Fault drill site.

Examining the potential application of a very sensitive gravity gradiometer to trace the leakage of CO2 sequestered in drill holes.

Studying the feasibility of increased use of Venezuelan heavy oil.

Investigating the structure of continental margins.

Selected Publications

Talwani, Manik, J. Lamar Worzel, and Mark Landisman, Rapid gravity computations for two-dimensional bodies with application to the Mendocino submarine fracture zone, J. Geophys. Res., 64(1), 49–59, 1959.

Talwani, Manik and Maurice Ewing, Rapid computation of gravitational attraction of three-dimensional bodies of arbitrary shape, Geophysics, 25(1), 203–225, 1960.

Talwani, Manik and James R. Heirtzler, Computation of magnetic anomalies caused by two-dimensional structures of arbitrary shape. Computers in the Mineral Industries, George A. Parks (ed.), School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (Publc.), 464–480, 1964.

Talwani, Manik, Computation with the help of a digital computer of magnetic anomalies caused by bodies of arbitrary shape, Geophysics, 30(5), 797–817, 1965—Reprinted in Golden Anniversary issue of Geophysics, 1985, as one of top papers in Geophysics, 1960–1985.

Talwani, Manik, James H. Dorman, J. Lamar Worzel, and George M. Bryan, Navigation at sea by satellite, J. Geophys. Res., 71(24), 5891–5902, 1966.

Talwani, Manik, Charles C. Windisch, and Marcus G. Langseth, Jr., Reykjanes Ridge Crest: A detailed geophysical study, J. Geophys. Res., 76(2), 473–517, 1971. Citation index selected this as one of most cited papers in Geophysics, 1972–1981.

Pitman, Walter C., III, and Manik Talwani, Sea–floor spreading in the North Atlantic, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 83, 619–646, 1972.

Talwani, Manik, Lunar gravity traverse equipment, The Moon, D. Reidel Publishing Co., 4, 307, 1972.

Talwani, M., and Olav Eldholm, Evolution of the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 88, 969–999, 1977.

Mutter, J.C., M. Talwani, and P.L. Stoffa, Origin of seaward-dipping reflectors in oceanic crust off the Norwegian margin by 'sub–aerial sea–floor spreading,' Geology, 10, 353–357, 1982.

Naini, B.R., and M. Talwani , Structural framework and the evolutionary history of the continental margin of western India, Proc. of the Hollis Hedberg Symposium, Galveston, TX, January 12–16, 1981, Studies in Continental Margin Geology, AAPG Memoir 34, 167–191, 1983.

Alsop, L.E. and M. Talwani, The East Coast Magnetic Anomaly, Science 226, 1189–1191, 1984.

Austin, James A. Jr., and M. Talwani, EDGE—An Initiative to Study Submerged Continental Lithosphere Around the U.S., EOS, 70v12, 177, 1989.

Talwani, M., J. Ewing, R.E. Sheridan, W.S. Holbrook, and L. Glover, III. The EDGE experiment and the U.S. Coast Magnetic anomaly, in NATO/ARW Series book 'Rifted Ocean–Continent Boundaries,' E. Banda, M. Talwani and M. Torne (eds), 155–181, 1995.

Talwani, Manik, and Vitor Abreu, Inferences regarding initiation of oceanic crust formation from the U.S. East Coast Margin and Conjugate South Atlantic Margins, in Atlantic Rifts and Continental Margins, Geophysical Monograph 115, American Geophysical Union, 1999.