Brian Atwater named to the National Academy of Sciences
Brian Atwater, author of The
Orphan Tsunami of 1700: Japanese Clues to a
Parent Earthquake in North America, was named to the National Academy
Sciences on May 1, 2007. An affiliate professor of Earth and space
sciences at the University of Washington and a geologist with the U.S.
Geological Survey, Atwater is among 72 new members elected in recognition
of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Atwater studies geologically recent earthquakes, tsunamis, and other
hazards. He is widely notes for work that uncovered evidence of a giant
earthquake off the coast of Washington, and later work uncovered evidence
of a destructive tsunami wave in Japan with no known source. Atwater
connected these events and determined that the wave was caused by the
Pacific earthquake on January 26, 1700 – an earthquake with a magnitude of
9.0, on par with the most powerful earthquakes of the past century.
Atwater joined the University of Washington in 1986. The National Academy
of Sciences was developed by Congress in 1863 to advise the government,
upon request, on any matter involving science or technology.