David London obtained his B.A. in geology (1975) at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, and his M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1981) in geology from Arizona State University. Following a postdoctoral research fellowship (1981 1982) at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, London joined the faculty of the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma, where he is the Stubbeman-Drace Presidential Professor, the Norman R. Gelphman Professor of Geology, and director of the University s electron microprobe lab. London attributes his love for geology to being brought up Oklahoman, by which he means outdoors, on a horse, with a fishing rod in one hand and a shotgun in the other. He credits his parents for fostering his interest in academics in general and science in particular from the earliest days of his childhood.
London s research pertains to the chemical evolution of silicic magmas. This work relies heavily on experimental studies in silicate science, including measurements of crystal nucleation and growth from melt or vapor; interactions among ions attending their chemical diffusion through melt; morphologies and preferred growth directions of crystals as functions of growth conditions; elemental partitioning between crystals, melt, and vapor; and stability fields of common and rare minerals of petrologic value. London has applied these results to the origin and internal evolution of granitic pegmatites. Much of that work is summarized in his recent book, Pegmatites (Can. Mineral. Spec. Publ. 10).
London is a member of the Mineralogical Association of Canada and the American Geophysical Union, and a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. He is the namesake of the mineral londonite, (Cs,K,Rb)Al4Be4[B11Be]O28 (Can. Mineral. 39: 747-755).