Knighthood for village’s own volcano expert

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 January 2018

Sir Stephen Sparks.

Sir Stephen Sparks.

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A leading volcano expert has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Stephen Sparks, from Congresbury, is the professor of geology at the University of Bristol’s school of Earth sciences.

The award recognises the contribution he has made to volcanology, which has included the monitoring of eruptions and nuclear waste management, to help foresee potentially devastating eruptions.

Sir Stephen, who has previously received a CBE, was the recipient of the 2015 Vetlesen Prize – a title regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Earth sciences.

Sir Stephen said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive the honour which recognises the importance of geology 
and environmental sciences for stewardship of the Earth and making sure of a sustainable future.”

He has also enjoyed periods as president of professional geological bodies.

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