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Thomas A. Mutch Lecture Series

Thomas A. Mutch, 1931-1980

The Thomas "Tim" Mutch Memorial Fund was established in '81 by his family and friends, to honor Tim's memory as a scholar, teacher, explorer, author, and administrator. The purpose of the fund is to honor those who have shown intellectual courage and resolve in exploring important areas of the Solar System, and to bring them to Brown to share their results. Photo: Tim Mutch 1931-1980.

 

Thomas A. "Tim" Mutch was born on August 26, 1931, in Rochester, New York. He received his B.A. in history at Princeton University in 1952. Tim's interest in mountain climbing, exploration, and Earth history led to his focus in Geology. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1960.

Tim became an Assistant Professor of Geology at Brown University in 1960. For the next several years he taught courses in Stratigraphy, Planetary Geology, and Exploration. He authored two books, "The Geology of the Moon: Startigraphic View", and, with several colleagues, "The Geology of Mars." Tim also led the Lander Imaging Team from the Viking Mission to Mars.

Tim disappeared on October 6, 1980, while descending the 23,410 foot high peak of Mt. Nun in the Kashmir Himalayas. At the time of his death, he was on leave from Brown University, serving as Associate Administrator for Space Science at NASA. NASA administrator Dr. Robert A. Frosch honored Tim by renaming the Viking 1 Lander spacecraft on Mars, "The Thomas A. Mutch Memorial Station."

The Thomas "Tim" Mutch Memorial Fund was established in 1981 by his family and friends, to honor Tim's memory as a scholar, teacher, explorer, author, administrato,r and involved citizen. One of the purposes of the fund is to honor those who have shown intellectual courage and resolve in exploring important areas of the Solar System, and to bring them to Brown to share their results through the Tim Mutch Lectures.

Spring 2014 Mutch Lecture:

Scott McLennan, Stony Brook University: "Some geochemical relationships between planetary crusts and their sedimentary records"

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Recent Mutch Lectures:

November 2013: David J. (Dave) Stevenson, California Institute of Technology: "Mixing and un-mixing in planets"

April 2013: Jean-Pierre Bibring, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. of Paris, "Plurality of worlds: Mars, Rosetta, Earth and the emergence of life"

November 2012: Gordon Osinski, University of Western Ontario, "The role of meteorite impacts in the origin and evolution of life on Earth"

October 2011: Cin-Ty Lee, Rice University ," Continent formation, World War II and long-term climate change"

September 2010: Nick McCave, University of Cambridge, "The deep-sea bed and ocean motion"

April 2009: Laurence Soderblom, USGS. "TITAN"

October, 2009: Wallace Broecker, Lamont Doherty. "Will global warming bring about desert drying? Lessons from the last ice age"

April 2009: Lynn Rothschild, NASA. "Life in extreme environments and the search for life in the universe"

September 2008: Ray Arvidson, Director of the Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing at Washington University, St. Louis. "Mars Phoenix Lander: A Story of Soil and Ice"

April 2008: Alan Howard, University of Virginia. "Deciphering the climate of early Mars based upon geomorphic evidence"

October, 2007: Col. David R. Scott, Commander of the Apollo 15 Mission to the Moon. "Voyage to the Moon: The Apollo 15 Mission to Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains"

September, 2006: Dr. Michael Carr, of the U.S. Geological Survey, "The Geologic History of Mars: Recent Developments in a Rapidly Evolving Story".

April, 2006: Torrence Johnson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Moons I Have Known: Strange Worlds of the Outer Solar System."

November, 2005: Jonathan Lunine, University of Arizona. "Titan Revealed: What We Know After 18 Months in Saturn Orbit."

May, 2005: John Grotzinger, MIT. "Geologic Context for Past Surface and Groundwater at Merdiani Planum Mars"

October, 2004: Dr. Steve Squyres, Principal Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers. "Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission"

May, 2003: Dr. Michael Mange, Assc. Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley. "Water, Heat and Earthquakes of the Oregon Cascades"

October 2003: Dr. Edward M. Stolper, Professor of Geological & Planetary Science, CalTech. "Results of the Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project"

April 2002: Dr. James Garvin, PhD '84, Mars Exploration Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters. "Enigmas and NASA's Mars Exploration Program"

September 2002: Dr. R. Stephen Saunders, PhD '70, Odysset Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The Odyssey Mission to Mars: Recent Results and Future Plans"