Richard A (Tony) Eggleton
Professor Emeritus
Australian National University

My boyhood dream was to play cricket for Australia, but my average in the school’s third eleven suggested a career in science might be a better option. So with a First Class Honours degree from the University of Adelaide, I went to America to do a PhD in mineralogy, and in 1966 I was appointed to the Australian National University. I taught mineralogy, supervised post-graduate students and did research leading to over 90 research articles. My research was supported by many grants, culminating with the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Evolution and Mineral Exploration (1995-2001). Along the way I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Adelaide for my research, had the mineral eggletonite named after me, and became a Professor.

My research and my interests:

This book was written to explain climate change to anyone with an enquiring mind. Each aspect of the evidence is taken in turn, and comparison with the climates and  changes of the past tells us that the current rate of climate change is unprecedented.

Burning fossil fuels has increased the atmosphere’s content of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, and the book explains how that has caused global warming. Arguments to the contrary are considered and shown to be spurious, and the book concludes with ideas about what the future holds and what we might do to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Much of my research career was devoted to understanding clay minerals and other layer silicates. From 1990 until I retired my geological research was mostly about bauxite, the ore of aluminium. I have explored in detail  the huge bauxite deposits at Weipa in far north Queensland, seen those of the Darling Ranges in Western Australia and investigated smaller bauxite deposits on the New South Wales Southern Highlands with my colleague Graham Taylor.
Recently I have been working on the topography of granitic batholiths.

Another interest - butterfly photography. This one is the Chequered Copper (Lucia limbaria).