Timothy Eglinton

Tim Eglinton

Timothy Eglinton in 2014, portrait via the Royal Society
Born Timothy Ian Eglinton
Fields Geology, carbon cycle, sedimentology
Alma mater
Thesis An investigation of kerogens using pyrolysis methods (1988)
Notable awards FRS (2014)[1]


Timothy Ian Eglinton FRS[1] is a professor of biogeoscience at the Geological Institute, ETH Zürich.[2][3]


Eglinton was educated at Plymouth Polytechnic where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental science in 1982. He went on to study at Newcastle University, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree and a PhD in 1988 for research investigating kerogens using pyrolysis.[4]


Eglinton's research[2][3][5][6][7][8][9][10] is:

focussed on understanding of the processes that govern the Earth’s carbon cycle from the molecular level to the global scale, and on the legacy of past biological activity and environmental conditions contained in organic signatures preserved in the geologic record.[11]

Awards and honours

Eglinton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. His nomination reads:

Professor Timothy Eglinton has revolutionized studies of Earth's carbon cycle. By developing an entirely new means of tracing the pathways of organic carbon in surface environments, ranging from eroding landforms to rivers, floodplains, the oceanic water column, microbial communities and marine sediments, he has replaced countless estimates and assumptions with accurately known transport times and carbon budgets. His findings have illuminated and reconciled formerly discrepant paleoclimatic records, revealed new forms of microbial life, demonstrated that microorganisms can attack and remobilise billion-year-old organic material, and traced the pathways of petroleum-derived carbon in surface environments.[1]

Personal life

Eglinton is the son of the organic chemist Geoffrey Eglinton FRS.[1][12][13] he is married to Lorraine Eglinton, and has two daughters and one son.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-02-03.
  2. 1 2 List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  3. 1 2 Timothy Eglinton's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  4. Eglinton, Timothy (1988). An investigation of kerogens using pyrolysis methods (PhD thesis). Newcastle University.
  5. "Sources and contribution of terrigenous organic carbon to surface sediments in the Gulf of Mexico". Nature. 389: 275–278. 1997. doi:10.1038/38477.
  6. "Evaluation of a protocol for the quantification of black carbon in sediments". Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 15: 881–890. 2012. Bibcode:2001GBioC..15..881G. doi:10.1029/2000GB001380.
  7. "A reassessment of the sources and importance of land-derived organic matter in surface sediments from the Gulf of Mexico". Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 62: 3055–3075. 1998. Bibcode:1998GeCoA..62.3055G. doi:10.1016/S0016-7037(98)00217-8.
  8. Eglinton, T. I.; Aluwihare, L. I.; Bauer, J. E.; Druffel, E. R.; McNichol, A. P. (1996). "Gas chromatographic isolation of individual compounds from complex matrices for radiocarbon dating". Analytical Chemistry. 68 (5): 904–12. doi:10.1021/ac9508513. PMID 21619188.
  9. "Compound-specific D/H ratios of lipid biomarkers from sediments as a proxy for environmental and climatic conditions". Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 65: 213–222. 2001. Bibcode:2001GeCoA..65..213S. doi:10.1016/S0016-7037(00)00520-2.
  10. Eglinton, T. I. (1997). "Variability in Radiocarbon Ages of Individual Organic Compounds from Marine Sediments". Science. 277 (5327): 796–799. doi:10.1126/science.277.5327.796.
  11. Professor Dr. Timothy Ian Eglinton, Geologisches Institut, ETH Zürich
  12. Eglinton, Prof. Geoffrey. Who's Who. 2014 (online edition via Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription required)
  13. Timothy I. Eglinton, Oceanus magazine, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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