Bruno Messerli#

Obituary, Berner Zeitung (in German)

Curriculum vitae
  • 1962 PhD
  • 1965 «Venia docendi» (Habilitation)
  • 1969 Full Professor
  • 1978 - 1983 Director Institute of Geography
  • 1986/87 Rector University of Bern
  • 1996 Professor Emeritus

Academic and geographical memberships
  • 1976 - 1982 Vice-President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • 1984 Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle, Germany
  • 1989 Honorary member of the China Ass. for Scientific Expeditions (CASE)
  • 1991 Honorary member of the Geographical Society of Bern
  • 1996 President International Geographical Union (Den Haag)
  • 1997 Honorary member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • 2002 Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London
  • 2003 Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • 2004 Honorary member of the IGU – Mountain Commission
  • 2006 World Academy of Art and Science, Washington, San Francisco

Special awards
  • 1963 First prize of the Faculty of Science, University of Bern, for the study «Problems of climate change in Anatolia, Turkey».
  • 1987 Premio Internazionale «I Migliori dell’Anno», Scena Illustrata, Roma, per il programma UNESCO l’uomo e la biosfera.
  • 1988 UN-Global 500 Honour Roll of the United Nations Environment Programme in recognition of outstanding achievements for the protection and improvement of the environment.
  • 1988 Doron Preis für die Förderung der interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit in der Wissenschaft, Zug, Switzerland.
  • 1990 Marcel-Benoist Prize for Bruno Messerli, Hans Oeschger and Werner Stumm, in this year handed over by the President of the Swiss Federal Government Flavio Cotti.
  • 1998 Dr. rer. nat. h.c. of the Free University of Berlin, Department of Geosciences, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the University.
  • 2002 Gold Medal (Founder’s Medal) of the Royal Geographical Society, approved by Her Majesty the Queen, London.
  • 2002 Gold Medal – Mountain Award of the King Albert I Memorial Foundation, Engadin, Switzerland.
  • 2002 Prix Vautrin Lud, «Nobel de Géographie», 13e Festival International de Géographie, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France.
  • 2002 FAO - Medal for the UN – International Year of Mountains, Global Mountain Summit in Bishkek, Kyrghyzstan.
  • 2006 Franz von Hauer – Medaille of the Austrian Geographical Society on the occasion of its 150th Anniversary.
  • 2007 Honorary member of the Alpine Club, London, the oldest Alpine Club of the world on the occasion of its 150th Anniversary in Zermatt.
  • 2010 Dr. h.c. of the University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Sciences.

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