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John Suppe is Blair Professor of Geology at Princeton. He attended Yale University for graduate school and earned a Ph.D. in 1969 in Structural Geology, where he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1969 to 1971. He joined the faculty at Princeton University, New Jersey, in 1971, and has remained there ever since. Suppe served as department chair from 1991 to 1994 and was named Blair Professor of geology in 1998. During his time at Princeton, Suppe was a visiting professor at National Taiwan University, California Institute of Technology, University of Barcelona, Spain, and Nanjing University, China.
He is an author or editor of five books and professional volumes including a very successful textbook entitled Principles of Structural Geology. Suppe's work has been recognized by the profession through numerous honors and awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He received an unprecedented two Best Paper Awards from the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of Geological Society of America. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and a Guest Investigator for the NASA Magellan mission to Venus.