Forgive me if this is old news to you, but I just learned yesterday that Peter Molnar passed away last month. Here is a link to his obituary from University of Colorado:
Peter was a luminary in seismology, plate tectonics, and orogensis, but his work expanded considerably to include geodynamics sensu lato and climate change. His active mind catalyzed research in numerous diverse directions. Among other honors, he received the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, similar to the Nobel Prize, except it is awarded only every 4 years, not every year.
Speaking personally, Peter taught me field geophysics, but also was a friend with an infectious joy for science and a keen eye for fuzzy thinking. He was not one to suffer fools lightly (in a good way), and his questioning invariably led to clearer thinking and better science.
We will miss him terribly.
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