Robert Hazen
Staff Scientist
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Robert M. Hazen's research focuses on aspects of the coevolving geosphere and biosphere, especially in the context of Earth's evolving mineralogy. His group investigates interactions among organic biomolecules and mineral surfaces, mineral-mediated chemistry in the context of origins of life, and the emergence of pre-biotic chemical complexity. In recent years he has introduced "mineral evolution," which is the study of Earth's changing near-surface mineralogy through deep time, and "mineral ecology," which focuses on statistical aspects of the diversity and distribution of minerals on terrestrial planets. He obtained a Ph.D. in mineralogy and crystallography from Harvard University in 1975, and a B.S. and S.M. in earth science from Massachusetts Institute for Technology in 1970 and 1971. For more information see:

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Washington, DC— Life originated as a result of natural processes that exploited early Earth’s raw materials.
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, From Stardust to Living Planet, written by the Geophysical Laboratory's Bob Hazen, has been chosen from books released in 2012 as one of the five titles on the short list for the current Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, one of the three book awards given by Phi Beta Kappa annually.
Washington, DC— Mineral evolution is a new way to look at our planet’s history.
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