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UTD Geosciences Founder Passes Away

The Geosciences community has been saddened by Anton's passing on December 11, 2006.

Dr. Anton Hales was a leading seismologist, author of many works, and recipient of many scientific awards and honors.  In 1962, he established the geosciences division at the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, UTD’s predecessor institution. 

When The University of Texas at Dallas was created, Dr. Hales served as acting vice president for academic affairs, helping mold the university’s academic character.  He left UTD for five years beginning in 1973 to serve as director of the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Dr. Hales, 95, died Dec. 11 in New South Wales, Australia.

  • Updated: February 1, 2007