Xavier Le Pichon#

Xavier Le Pichon
Membership Number:70
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE

Present and Previous Positions

  • 1986 Professor at the Collège de France
  • 1984 Head of the geology department at the École Normale Supérieure
  • 1978 Professor at Université P. et M. Curie (University of Paris VI)
  • 1969 Head of the marine geology department of the oceanologic center of Brittany in Brest, France
  • 1963 Scientific assistant at Columbia University, New York, United States

Fields of Scholarship
  • Plate tectonics

Honours and Awards
  • 1973 CNRS Silver Medal
  • 1984 Maurice Ewing Medal from the American Geophysical Union
  • 1985 William Smith lecture, Geological Society London
  • 1985 member of the French Academy of Sciences
  • 1985 Knight of the Legion of Honour
  • 1987 Prix A.G. Huntsman de l'Institut Océanographique at Bedford, Canada
  • 1987 Prince Albert of Monaco "Médaille de l'Océanographie"
  • 1989 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Dalhousie, Halifax, Canada
  • 1990 Japan Prize
  • 1990 Officer of the National Order of Merit
  • 1991 Wollaston Medal, Geological Society of London
  • 1992 Doctor Honoris Causa, ETH Zurich
  • 1994 Visiting Total Professor, Oxford University, UK
  • 1995 Foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences
  • 1995 Visiting Professor, Ocean Research Institute, Tokyo University
  • 1995 Member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • 2002 Balzan Prize for Geology

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