Rhodes Fairbridge

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Rhodes Whitmore Fairbridge (21 May 1914–8 November 2006) was an Australian geologist and expert on climate change.[1]

Born in Pinjarra, Western Australia, Fairbridge graduated from Queen’s University in Ontario and earned his master’s degree from Oxford. In 1941, he earned a doctorate in geology from the University of Western Australia.

He taught at Columbia University from 1955 until his 1982 retirement. While there, he was supervising editor for the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences. In the early 1960s, he developed the so-called Fairbridge Curve.[2][3] a record of changes in sea levels over the last 10,000 years.[4]

Fairbridge died in 2006 in Amagansett, New York of a brain tumor.[5][6]



  1. ^ Mackey, Richard. "Rhodes Fairbridge and the idea that the solar system regulates the Earth's climate". Journal of Coastal Research. SI 50 (Proceedings of the 9th International Coastal Symposium): 955–968. 
  2. ^ http://www.unc.edu/~aneumann/GeolOcn_sp05/lecture11_sealevelchange/lecture11_sealevelchange-Pages/Image28.html
  3. ^ 15 October 2003 Classification of Coasts. Journal of Coastal Research pp. 155–165
  4. ^ The “Solar Jerk”, The King-Hele Cycle, and the Challenge to Climate Science
  5. ^ Pearce, Jeremy ( 27 November 2006). Rhodes W. Fairbridge, 92, Early Expert on Climate Change, Dies. New York Times
  6. ^ "Earth scientist's early climate change indicator lives on". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 January 2007.