Jon Davidson Tribute


Colleagues will be greatly saddened to learn of the untimely death of Jon Davidson on Monday 26th September 2016 after a long battle with leukemia.


After an undergraduate degree at Durham University (UK), Jon completed his PhD at the University of Leeds (UK) in 1984. He then headed off to the USA – first to the Southern Methodist University, then to the University of Michigan, before taking up a tenure-track academic position at UCLA in 1988. At UCLA Jon rose rapidly to a full Professorship in 1999. In 2000 he left UCLA to take up the position of Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University and in 2010 was appointed Deputy Head (Research) of the Science Faculty there.


Throughout his career Jon’s main passion was subduction zone magmatism. His research was underpinned by meticulous fieldwork, careful petrographic observations and state-of-the-art geochemical and isotopic data. He worked in diverse field locations and geodynamic settings, including the Lesser Antilles, Andes, Iran, Kamchatka and New Zealand. His seminal contributions to the field are reflected in over 90 scientific publications in leading international journals.


In July 2016 Jon was made an AGU Fellow, an award he hoped to receive in person at this year’s Fall Meeting. This special honor recognizes scientific eminence in the Earth and Space Sciences. It acknowledges Fellows for their remarkable contributions to their research fields, exceptional knowledge, and visionary leadership. Only 0.1% of AGU membership receives this recognition in any given year.


Jon leaves behind his wife Donna and children, Max and Daisy.


Professor Marjorie Wilson

Emeritus Professor at the School of Earth & Environment

The University of Leeds, UK