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Professor ZHAO, Guochun

Professor ZHAO, Guochun

Professor: Chair of Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

  • 2857 8203
  • Room 409, James Lee Science Building, The University of Hong Kong

Teaching areas

  • Global Tectonics and Earth Dynamics 
  • Petrology 
  • Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology
  • Earth Resources

Research Interest

  • Precambrian geology
  • Metamorphic geology
  • Supercontinents in Earth’s history



  • Zhao, G.C., Cawood, P.A. Precambrian Geology of China. Precambrian Research 222-223, 13-54.[2012]  DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2012.09.017
  • Zhao, G.C., Sun, M., Wilde, S.A., Li, S.Z. Late Archean to Paleoproterozoic evolution of the North China Craton: key issues revisited. Precambrian Research, 136 177-202. [2005] DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2004.10.002 
  • Zhao, G.C., Sun, M., Wilde, S.A., Li, S.Z. A Paleo-Mesoproterozoic supercontinent: Assembly, growth and breakup. Earth-Science Reviews 67, 91-123. [2004] DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2004.02.003 
  • Zhao, G.C., Cawood, P.A., Wilde, S.A., Sun, M., A review of the global 2.1–1.8 Ga orogens: implications for a pre-Rodinian supercontinent. Earth-Science Reviews 59, 125-162. [2002] DOI: 10.1016/S0012-8252(02)00073-9
  • Zhao, G.C., Wilde, S.A., Cawood, P.A., Sun M., Archean blocks and their boundaries in the North China Craton: lithological, geochemical, structural and P-T path constraints and tectonic evolution. Precambrian Research 107, 45–73. [2001] DOI: 10.1016/S0301-9268(00)00154-6 


Awards and Honors

  • TWAS Prize in Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences (2018)
  • Thousand Talents Plan - Innovative Talents Recruitment Program (Short Term) (2017)
  • Cheung Kong (Changjiang) Chair Professorship (2017)
  • 29th Khwarizmi International Award (First Class) (2016)
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, The University of Hong Kong (2016)
  • Highly Cited Researcher Award, Thomson Reuters (2014-2021)
  • State Natural Science Award (2nd Class; First Awardee) (2014)
  • Fellow of Geological Society of America (2014)
  • The National Science Fund for Distinguished Oversea Young Scholars, NSFC (2004)
  • Outstanding Research Prize, Fok Ying Tung Foundation (1995)