Secondary school education at the Akureyri Grammar School, Iceland (Maths/Physics division) completed in 1962.
B.Sc. Honours degree
in Physics, University of Edinburgh, U.K., 1966. Ancillary
subjects: Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Chemistry.
Full-time teacher at the Akureyri Grammar
School 1967-68. Full-time research scientist at the Science Institute,
University of Iceland in the academic year 1968-69, and from 1971
until retirement in 2013. Permanently
appointed from 1974, promoted to Senior Research Scientist in 1987 and
Research Professor in 1994.
Temporarily on leave from research
position and appointed Associate Professor in Geophysics at the Physics
Department, University of Iceland for the Spring semesters of 1975 and
1983. Professor of Geophysics in 1991-94 and for short periods later.
From 1971 part-time instructor in several courses at the Faculties of
Engineering and Science, including Physics I & II, Classical Mechanics,
Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Introductory Geophysics, Marine
Geoscience, etc. External examiner in Physics and Astronomy at various
schools and colleges in Iceland, mostly in 1972-82. Participant in the
training of Icelandic secondary school students for the International
Physics Olympiad on several occasions; contributor to the problems set
at the Olympiad when held in Reykjavik in 1998.
Author or co-author of about 90 papers in peer-reviewed professional journals on geoscience in English. Chief topics: paleomagnetism, volcanic stratigraphy, and magnetic surveys. Numerous reports, popular-science articles, bibliographies, book reviews, papers on topics in science education and science history, etc., mostly in Icelandic.
Scientists at various Icelandic institutions and companies incuding the
University of Iceland, the National Energy Authority/ Iceland GeoSurvey,
the Marine Research Institute, and JTS Geological Services Ltd.
Scientists at foreign universities such as the University of Rhode
Island, Oregon State University, the University of Hawaii, the
Australian National University, Aarhus University in Denmark, and the
University of Edinburgh.
Member of the
American Geophysical Union from 1970, appointed “Fellow” in 2002.
Elected member of Societas Scientiarum Islandica 1976. Member of the
Geoscience, Physical and Glaciological Societies of Iceland. Editor of
the Icelandic geoscience annual Jökull in 1980-85, 1990-94 and
the editorial board since 1994. Chairman of Physics Department,
University of Iceland in 1992-93 (deputy chairman in 1991-92 and
1993-94). Head of the Geophysics Division of the Science Institute,
University of Iceland, in 1978-83 and 1995-2000 (deputy head 2000-03).
Member of the Research Grants Panel, NATO Science Committee, 1980-82.
Icelandic representative on the EU science policy committee CODEST/ESTA
1992-94. Icelandic representative on the Ocean Drilling Program science
committee ESCO, 1986-90. In charge of a NATO Advanced Study Institute on
“Geodynamics of Iceland and the North Atlantic Area” in Reykjavik in
1974, edited its proceedings volume. Member or alternate member of
National Research Council of Iceland funding committees, 1991-94 and
2003-06. Member of various personnel selection and promotion panels at
the University of Iceland, as well as of committees overseeing the
election of the University’s Rector in 1995 and 2003.