|M. Brian Bayly
Professor Emeritus, Structural Geology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Brian Bayly joined the RPI geology faculty in 1962 as an Assistant Professor, reaching Full Professorship in 1974. A native of England, Brian earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at King's College of the University of Cambridge and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. Brian has published 15 papers and three textbooks in his field of structural geology.
Brian's early career was as a geological explorer in the Arctic and Antarctic (around the glacier Baylybreen in Vestspitsbergen and Bayly Glacier on the Antarctic peninsula, which was the route for the first ascent of Mount Johnston). Subsequently, during three years in Australia, he married Helen Bailey who at the time was working in astronomy at Mount Stromlo Observatory. During the Chicago years, 1960-1962, Hans Ramberg encouraged Brian's work on mechanics of folding and sowed the seeds of his later work on the interaction of deformation with diffusional mass transfer.
As a teacher, Brian constantly asked, What motivates a student to do academic work? and What benefits does an education bring in later life? For both questions, part of the answer is that there is pleasure to be derived from using one's mind, particularly at those moments when two ideas come together with a good fit or good match. Since the early 1990s, Brian has focussed on this phenomenon, "link-joy," and now spends far more time on neuroscience than on geology; see www.treeoftreats.net.