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EDWARD BOYLE (1994)

Dr. Edward Boyle, the seventeenth recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Award, is considered one of the most productive and imaginative marine chemists to emerge over the past several decades. His study of the oceanic distributions of trace metals in seawater is recognized as the standard against which all subsequent work in this area is measured. He has been responsible for the creation of a new discipline of marine geochemistry, which may be called paleo-oceanographic chemistry. This uses the trace metal contents of foraminiferal shells to determine the nutrient status, the fertility, and the deep-water circulation of the oceans. This new discipline ranks alongside the techniques of stable oxygen and carbon isotope geochemistry (developed in its modern form by Dr. Nick Shackleton, University of Cambridge, U.K., 1990 A.G. Huntsman Award winner) which is the basic way of carrying out the study of paleoclimatology and paleo-oceanography.