William (Bill) Compston

William (Bill) Compston is a geochemist, and was instrumental in the dating of the moon rock samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo 11 expedition. He has received numerous medals and awards, but is best known for his work on the Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micro Probe (SHRIMP) project, which allowed geologists at the Australian National University to identify the oldest known mineral in the world.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Australian Academy of Science.

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1971 -  Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1987 – Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)

Nature numbers 184, 186 & 198 for early rock dating breakthroughs; and No. 321 for the Jack Hills ancient zircons. See also:

Froude, D.O., Ireland, T.R., Kinny, P.D., Williams, I.S. and Compston, W. 1983. Ion microprobe identification of 4100 to 4200 Ma-old terrestrial zircons. Nature, 304, 616-618.

Geochim. et Cosmochim. Acta 1970 – 1975, Science No. 28, 1972, for papers on the dating of lunar material.

M.W. McElhinny (ed.): The Earth: It’s Origin, Structure and Evolution; Chapter 12: Sr-Isotope Evolution of Granitoid Source Rocks, W. Compston and B.W. Chappell. Academic Press, 1979.

Australian Journal of Earth Science 34: Compston, W., Williams, I.S., Jenkins, R.J.F., Gostin, V.A. and Haines, P.W. 1987. Zircon age evidence for the Late Precambrian Acraman ejecta blanket. (Dating of the Lake Acraman, South Australia, large meteorite impact.)

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