Title: Scientist Emeritus
Company: United States Geological Survey
Location: Menlo Park, California, United States
David P. Hill, PhD, Scientist Emeritus at the United States Geological Survey, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Geology.
Since 2010, Dr. Hill has held the title of scientist emeritus with the Volcano Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. He has held a role with the organization since 1961, and is well known for his work on earthquakes that initially recognized the capability of large earthquakes to trigger smaller earthquakes at remote distances. Dr. Hill’s service has been retained by the U.S. Navy, and he was an active member of the Unified Command of Mono County through 2014. He has reached his current esteemed title through curiosity and persistence, as well as avoiding complex scientific terms when speaking with media. Dr. Hill thanks his parents, teachers, and professors for their support and encouragement. He joined the profession because of Dr. John Quo (now Professor Emeritus at Columbia University), whose passion in teaching geophysics at San Jose State University inspired Dr. Hill.
Born in Livingston, Montana to Sanford and Gerda Hill, Dr. Hill studied geology at San Jose State University and earned a MS in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines, and a PhD in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. He joined the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver in 1961, and three years later traveled to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory as a staff seismologist. He has worked in California since 1966, and notably served as chief of the seismology branch from 1978 to 1982, and scientist-in-charge of the Long Valley Observatory from 1982 to 2009. He has been a visiting professor to Switzerland, a guest member of the COMPLEX Panel at NASA in 1998, and chaired the U.S. side of the U.S.-Japan Panel on Earthquake Prediction from 1979 to 1982. In addition, Dr. Hill has been the associate editor of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research since 2002, and is the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, featured in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the West.
Dr. Hill is the recipient of a 2002 Distinguished Public Service Medal at the Mineralogical Society of America, a Meritorious Service Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as a Eugene Shoemaker Communications Award and a Public Service Recognition Award from the U.S. Geological Survey. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the Seismological Society of America. In his free time, Dr. Hill enjoys bicycling, hiking, skiing, and drawing. He and his wife, Ann Rivers, have one son, Dr. Peter M. Hill, MD, and two grandchildren, Sarah and Nicholas. Dr. Hill hopes to be remembered as a person of integrity.
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