Memorial Lectures

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences currently holds three memorial lectures annually.

Stephen Zatman Memorial Lecture

Stephen Zatman was an assistant professor in our department who came in 2001 and was interested in core dynamics, planetary magnetic fields and plate tectonics. He was a stimulating teacher just embarking on a terrific career with Washington University. He was tragically killed in an auto accident in July 2002. His loss was a tragedy for us, for his field of geophysics and especially for his family. We instituted this lecture in memory of a good friend and colleague.

Larry Haskin Memorial Lecture

Larry Haskin was an internationally known geochemist and was one of the first planetary scientists to study and analyze Apollo lunar samples. Larry was chief of the Planetary and Earth Sciences Division at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, but left in 1976 to become professor and chair of our department, a position he held until 1990 and one which he used to build our department to one of international stature. The Haskin lecture celebrates his long career and is designed to highlight important advances in planetary geochemistry and especially lunar science.

Carl Tolman Memorial Lecture

Carl Tolman served as an Assistant, Associate, and full Professor of geology, and Chair of our department, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Vice Chancellor–Dean of Faculties, and 11th Chancellor of Washington University. Carl was truly “old school,” having served with Canadian forces in World War I, where he was seriously wounded in battle. His primary scientific interests were exploration and economic geology. The Tolman lecture highlights important advances in understanding the Earth’s Precambrian and “deep time” generally.