Paul TAPPONNIER

Education:
  • PhD - Doctorat d'Etat, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier, 1978 ("Intracontinental Tectonics in Alpine Europe and Asia", with honours)
  • M.S. Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (Major: Geology – Geophysics), 1970
  • Ingénieur Civil des Mines de Paris
Professional Experience:
  • 2009 – Present : Full Professor and Head of Tectonics and Earthquake Research, Earth Observatory of Singapore (an institute of Nanyang Technological University)
  • 1991 – 2009
    • Director of the Tectonics Department, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris
    • Full Professor with tenure (Physicien, classe exceptionnelle), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (since 1991)
    • Director (1984-1996, 2001-2004) of Unité Mixte de Recherche 7578, "Tectonique, Mécanique de la Lithosphère" (one of the research Laboratory of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
    • Distinguished visiting scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • January - July 2000 : invited professor, Caltech, USA
    • February 2008 - April 2009 : invited professor, Schlumberger/Saudi Aramco, KSA
  • 1986 – 1990 Full Professor, (Physicien Titulaire, 2nd then 1st class), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, tenured.
  • 1980 – 1985 Associate Professor (Physicien Adjoint), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, with tenure.
  • 1978 – 1980 Assistant Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.
  • 1976 – 1978 Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montpellier.
  • 1975 – 1976 Master Assistant, Laboratoire de Géologie Structurale, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier.
  • 1973 – 1975 Visiting Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences).
  • 1971 – 1973 Assistant, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Laboratoire de Géologie Structurale, Montpellier.
  • 1970 – 1971 Assistant, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ponts & Chaussées (Géologie appliquée, Génie civil).
Professional Activities:
  • Société Géologique de France
  • Académie des Sciences
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Geological Society of London
  • European Union of Geosciences
Courses Taught:
  • ES7006 - Active Tectonics 

Past courses:

  • Universités de Paris VI, VII, and Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (1979 – present) :
    • Plate tectonics and structural geology
    • Physics of brittle and ductile deformations
    • Continental seismicity and tectonics, mechanics of the Lithosphere.
    • Remote sensing, analysis of morphology and climate change, and of active faulting and crustal structure
  • Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier(1971-73, 1975-78) :
    • Field and Laboratory Methods in Structural Geology
    • Elementary Mathematics for Geology
    • Tectonophysics
    • Rock Mechanics
Honours and Awards:
  • 2012 Honorary Member of the Nepal Geological Society
  • 2011 Einstein Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2008 Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • 2005 Member of the French Academy of sciences (Corresponding member since 1994)
  • 2005 Foreign associate Member of the National Academy of Science (USA)
  • 2001 Lyell Medal, Geological Society, London
  • 1999 Francis Birch Lecturer, American Geophysical Union
  • 1998 Friendship Medal, People's Republic of China
  • 1996 Honorary Fellow of Geological Society of America
  • 1994 Fellow of American Geophysical Union
  • 1994 Best Paper award, Geological Society of America
  • 1991 Knight of National Order of Legion of Honour, France
  • 1990 Grand Prix Scientifique de la ville de Paris
  • 1985 "Alfred Wegener" Medal of European Union of Geosciences
  • 1984 Silver Medal of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

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