Patricia Dove, professor of geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, was recently appointed the C.P. “Sally” Miles Professor of Science by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Established in 1986 through a gift from Melvin “Cy” Young, the C.P. “Sally” Miles Professorship of Science honors the Virginia Tech graduate who spent 59 years at the university teaching chemistry and coaching athletic teams. The professorship supports an outstanding faculty member in the College of Science.

A leading geochemist, Dove has made major contributions to research in the biogeochemistry of earth processes, the physical basis of biomineralization, and geochemical controls on geophysical properties.

She has received more than $4.5 million in grant funding to support her research. Her publications have been cited more than 2,600 times. She has had four papers published in Science, one in Nature, and four in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dove received the Goechemical Society’s Clarke Medal in 1996, and on two occasions, she received the U.S. Department of Energy’s Best University Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Dove earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and was a faculty member at Georgia Tech for several years before joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 2000.



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