Next, Patterson turned his attention to the study of lead contamination in the environment. His research led to a re-evaluation of the growth in lead concentrations, from industrial sources, in the atmosphere and in the human body. Following a protracted campaign by Patterson against lead contamination, lead additives in gasoline and lead solder in food cans were banned.
While Blum was a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, he got to know Patterson and was influenced by his research and his dedication to environmental activism.
"My research is in some ways motivated by, and similar to, several different pioneering studies that Patterson did," Blum said. "So it's a great honor to receive this award, named for one of the giants in the field of environmental geochemistry."
U-M professor emeritus Philip Meyers lauded Blum's "extensive knowledge and profound understanding of isotopic and trace metal geochemistry and their significance to improving our understanding of Earth processes."
Blum will receive the award, which consists of an engraved silver medal, in August at a ceremony in Florence, Italy.
Blum earned a bachelor's degree in geological and political science from Case Western Reserve University in 1981, a master's in geological science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in 1982, and a doctorate in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1990.
After receiving his doctorate, Blum took a faculty position at Dartmouth College, where he conducted research on cosmochemistry, meteorite impacts, petrogenesis, animal migrations, chemical weathering and forest biogeochemistry. He moved to U-M 1999 as the John D. MacArthur Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and later added the title of Arthur M. Thurnau Professor.
At U-M, Blum continued his previous research topics and added studies of the biogeochemistry o
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