Skip to main content

AAAS Fellow William R. Dickinson Dead at 83

William R. Dickinson, the University of Arizona geoscientist who integrated the fields of plate tectonics and sedimentology and also helped trace the migration of humans through the Pacific, died in his sleep on July 21 while on an archaeological field trip in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. He was 83. Dickinson was a AAAS Fellow and National Academy of Sciences member.

Dickinson was part of the plate tectonics revolution, helped link the fields of tectonics and sedimentology and also was instrumental in figuring out the migration paths of South Pacific peoples 4,000 years ago. To view Dickinson's full obituary please go to The University of Arizona website here