THE JOHN K. COSTAIN FACULTY CHAIR IN THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AT VIRGINIA TECH
The John K. Costain Faculty Chair was esablished by John and Beverly Worthington to honor the legacy of an inspirational mentor and renowned researcher.
This Costain chair is currently held by Professor Warburton and it supports the activities of the Parallel Numerical Algorithm research group. The group strives to advance the state of the art in computational techniques for modeling global geophysical phenomena.
A brief excerpt from Edwin S. Robinson's tribute to Professor Costain's exemplary life and career follows.
JOHN COSTAIN - LIFE AND TIME
"Professor John Costain succumbed at the age of 85 years to a brief illness in March of 2015. Just hours earlier he was vigorously preparing his response to reviewers’ comments about two manuscripts he had submitted for publication. This vigor and enthusiasm was central to his life. At this time John was Emeritus Professor of Geophysics in the Geosciences Department of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia."
EDWIN S ROBINSON