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William B. Durham

Senior Research Scientist

Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department


phone 617.253.5810

fax: 617.258.7401



Research interests


My students, colleagues, and I measure the strength of earth and icy planetary materials at high pressures and extreme temperatures (hot or cold). The work is mostly experimental and mostly done indoors. The overriding purpose of our experiments is to provide constraint for dynamic models—from deep interiors to surfaces—anywhere that strength of materials matters.


GROUP: Rock and Mineral Physics Group Homepage

STAFF:Brenda Carbone, Administrative Assistant

GRAD STUDENTS: Nathaniel Dixon, Sabrina Diebold (Utrecht University/MIT)

POST-DOC: Narayana Golding