Simon Harley – is Professor of Lower Crustal Processes in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. An international expert on the evolution of continental crust, his research integrates geological mapping with experimental and microanalytical studies of the stabilities of minerals and their behaviour at high temperatures and pressures. He has conducted geological mapping projects in diverse and complex basement areas in Australia, India, Norway, Greenland, Scotland and Antarctica. Professor Harley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2002 was awarded the Imperial Polar Medal in recognition of his contributions to Antarctic Earth Science, and in 2014 the Schlumberger Medal of the Mineralogical Society in recognition of his contributions to mineralogy and petrology related to the deep continental crust.
Previous roles in government
- 2007 to 2016