Vic professor wins prestigious award

22:17, Oct 03 2011

Victoria University professor Peter Barrett has received a top international award for his work on Antarctica's climate history.

Professor Barrett has been made an Honorary Fellow of the prestigious Geological Society of London, a title held by only 70 people worldwide.

He was the founding director of the Antarctic Research Centre and is deputy director of the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University.

As a doctoral student in the 1960s he discovered the first remains of a four-footed animal in the Transantarctic Mountains, supporting the theory of continental drift. He has led more than 20 expeditions to Antarctica.

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