Steven Mitchell Stanley, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Stanley has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the fields of paleontology and higher education

HONOLULU, HI, June 14, 2018 Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Steven Mitchell Stanley, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Stanley celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Stanley recently served as a research professor in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Stanley is a paleontologist and had been with this university for more than 13 years. He conducted research on the history of life and environments on Earth, using data from the fossil record as well as from the modern world. He formerly taught at Johns Hopkins University for 36 years and for the last 12 of those years, chaired the university’s part-time evening Environmental Science and Policy Master’s degree program, which he founded. He previously taught at the University of Rochester from 1967 to 1969. He has also been a research associate of the Smithsonian Institution since 1972. He is currently affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute, where he maintains a laboratory, and with the University of Florida.

After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1963, Dr. Stanley earned his doctorate from Yale University in 1968. Early in his career, he was awarded the Allan C. Davis Medal of the Maryland Academy of Sciences as Maryland’s outstanding young scientist of 1973. He has served on numerous scientific committees and on two boards of the National Research Council as well as on its Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources. He belongs to several scientific societies and has served as president of the Paleontological Society, from which he received the Paleontological Society Medal, and as president of the American Geological Institute (now the American Geosciences Institute). He has received the Twenhofel Medal, the highest award of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and the Penrose Medal, the highest award of the Geological Society of America, which is “for eminent research in pure geology.” Dr. Stanley has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and has been awarded its Mary Clark Thompson Medal, “for contributions to paleontology and geology.”

In addition to his many scientific articles, Dr. Stanley has written several books, among them The New Evolutionary Timetable, nominated for an American Book Award, and Earth System History, which is now in its seventh edition, integrating the physical and biological history of our planet and standing as the leading textbook in its field. With David M. Raup, he coauthored Principles of Paleontology, a pioneering book dealing with concepts rather than morphology and taxonomy. His book Macroevolution: Pattern and Process, published in 1979, has received nearly 2,000 literature citations, and is still cited more than 40 times a year. He has also published Earth System History. His dissertation monograph, Relation of Shell Form to Life Habits in the Bivalvia has received nearly 1,000 literature citations and after nearly 50 years receives more than 30 citations a year.

Dr. Stanley has been cited in Who’s Who in America since 1987 as well as in multiple editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Steven Mitchell Stanley, Ph.D., has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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