Albrecht Hofmann

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Albrecht Hofmann
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Albrecht Hofmann at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Albrecht Werner Hofmann

1939 (age 79–80)
Alma materBrown University (PhD)
AwardsUrey Medal (2015)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsCarnegie Institution for Science
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
Columbia University
ThesisHydrothermal experiments on equilibrium partitioning and diffusion kinetics of Rb, Sr, and Na in biotite - alkali chloride solution systems (1969)

Albrecht Werner Hofmann, ForMemRS, (born 1939) is Emeritus Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.[2][3]


Hofmann studied geology and geochemistry in Freiburg in Germany, and received his PhD degree at Brown University.

Career and research[edit]

After working at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., he was appointed Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, in 1980, to lead the new Department of Geochemistry. He has been Emeritus in Mainz and Visiting Senior Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University since 2007.

Hofmann uses trace elements and isotopic compositions of basalts to study the composition and evolution of Earth's mantle.[4] He recognized “canonical” trace element ratios as tools to distinguish recycling processes of ancient oceanic and continental crust through the mantle and showed that the chemical heterogeneity of the mantle is dominated by recycled ocean crust.

Awards and honours[edit]

Among the awards he received are the Goldschmidt Medal of the Geochemical Society, the Hess Medal of the American Geophysical Union, and the Urey Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry.[4][1] He has a been foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States since 1999.[5] He was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 2018.[4]


  1. ^ a b "About Albrecht W. Hofmann « European Association of Geochemistry".
  2. ^ Albrecht Hofmann publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Chemie, Max-Planck-Institut für (28 October 2013). "Profile".
  4. ^ a b c Anon (2018). "Professor Albrecht Hofmann ForMemRS". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

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  5. ^, National Academy of Sciences -. "Albrecht Hofmann".

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