Taylor Perron

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Taylor Perron
Born UK
Other names
  • J. Taylor Perron
  • Jay Taylor Perron
Occupation geomorphologist
Known for suggested the planet Mars once had a liquid water Ocean

J. Taylor Perron is a British geomorphologist.[1]

In 2007, when he was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, Perron was the lead author of a widely cited paper that said recent analysis of the planet Mars suggested it had once had a liquid water Ocean.[2][3]

In 2014 he was one of five scientists recognized with a James B. Macelwane Medal.[4] The American Geophysical Union uses the medals to recognize exceptional young scientists. Reciepients are all less than ten years from the granting of their PhD.

He was one of the 25 individuals granted MacArthur Fellowships, in 2021.[1]

As of September 2021, Perron lead a research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[5]

Perron is a member of the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2021 MacArthur Fellows". MacArthur Foundation. Archived from the original on 2021-10-04. https://web.archive.org/web/20211004060607/https://www.macfound.org/programs/fellows/. Retrieved 2021-10-04. 
  2. "New evidence points to oceans on Mars". American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2007-06-03. https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/887110. Retrieved 2021-10-04. "Lead author Taylor Perron, a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and former UC Berkeley graduate student, made calculations to show that the resistance of the elastic crust could create elevation differences of several kilometers along a shoreline, in accord with topographic measurements." 
  3. Mark A Richards (2007-06-14). "Evidence for an ancient martian ocean in the topography of deformed shorelines". Nature (journal). doi:10.1038/nature05873. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17568743/. Retrieved 2021-10-04. 
  4. "Dasgupta, Frankenberg, Perron, Shuster, and Tierney Receive 2014 James B. Macelwane Medals". Eos. 2015-01-06. https://eos.org/agu-news/dasgupta-frankenberg-perron-shuster-tierney-receive-2014-james-b-macelwane-medals. Retrieved 2021-10-04. 
  5. Jennifer Chu (2021-09-28). "Taylor Perron receives 2021 MacArthur Fellowship". MIT News. Archived from the original on 2021-10-03. https://web.archive.org/web/20211003034151/https://news.mit.edu/2021/taylor-perron-macarthur-fellowship-0928. Retrieved 2021-10-04. 
  6. "Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Current Editorial Committee". https://www.annualreviews.org/db/directory?0000,earth.