Recently, we received the very sad news that our former colleague and Editorial Board member Professor Shan Gao had passed away, only 53 years old.
Shan Gao was Professor of Geochemistry at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and part-time professor at Northwestern University. He received his doctor’s degree from the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) in 1989 and was selected to be a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009 and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He also worked as associate editor and editorial board member of JAAS successively. His research mainly focused on laser ablation ICP-MS and its application in the analysis of minerals in situ elements and isotopes, chemical compositions of continental crust and the chemical exchange between the crust and mantle.
His contributions to these areas of research will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.