Zvi Ben-Avraham - Curriculum vitae#

Born: November 16, 1941, Jerusalem, Israel
Position: Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Education:

  • 1969 B.Sc. with honors, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem(Geology)
  • 1973 Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Geophysics). Title of Doctoral Dissertation: Structural framework of the Sunda Shelf and Vicinity. Name of supervisors: Prof. K.O. Emery, Dr. C.O. Bowin, Prof. N.M. Toksoz

Professional Positions:
  • 1973 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • 1973-1975 Senior Research Fellow, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd.
  • 1975-1976 Researcher, Department of Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 1976-1981 Senior Researcher, Department of Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 1981-1982 Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 1979-1982 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University
  • 1982-1989 Professor of Geophysics (Research), Department of Geophysics, Stanford University
  • 1989-present Max Sonnenberg Professor of Marine Geoscience, University of Cape Town.
  • 1982-1986 Associate Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University
  • 1986-present Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University
  • 2001 Visiting Professor, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • 2005 Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2007 Founding Director, Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa

Professional Activities:
  • 1975-1980 Member of IDOE program of studies of East Asia Tectonics and resources
  • 1978-present Member of the review panel, Commission for the Geological Map of the World
  • 1981-1982 Vice President, Peninsula Geological Society, California
  • 1981-present Member, Inter-Union Commission on the Lithosphere, International Council of Scientific Unions
  • 1984-1994 Board of Directors, Institute for Petroleum Research and Geophysics, Israel
  • 1984-1994 Scientific Committee, Gordon Center for Energy Studies, Tel Aviv University
  • 1985-1990 Board of Directors, Interuniversity Institute of Marine Studies, Elat, Israel
  • 1985-1986 President, Israel Geological Society
  • 1985-2001 Associate Editor, Tectonics, American Geophysical Union
  • 1987-present Associate Editor, Annales Tectonicae
  • 1987-1991 Chairman, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University
  • 1992-2006 Associate Editor, Tectonophysics, Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.
  • 1992-1999 Associate Editor, Israel Journal of Earth Sciences.
  • 1993-present Associate Editor, Russian Geology and Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1995-present Director, Minerva Dead Sea Research Center, Tel Aviv University.
  • 1996-1998 Research Foundation Committee, Tel Aviv University.
  • 2000-2002 Board of Governors, Tel Aviv University.
  • 2004-2005 Academic Planning Committee, Tel Aviv University
  • 2004-present Chairman, Israel National Committee IUGS
  • 2008-present Scientific Advisor to the President of the State of Israel
  • 2009 Search Committee, Editor of Tectonics, American Geophysical Union

Honors and Awards:
  • 1976 Grader Prize, Israel Geological Society
  • 1981 Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 1984 Citation of excellence, USSR Academy of Sciences
  • 1985 Freund Prize, Israel Geological Society
  • 1985 Invited Lecture, Royal Astronomical Society, London
  • 1989 Max Sonnenberg Chair of Marine Geoscience, University of Cape Town
  • 1996 Foreign member, Academia Europaea
  • 1998 Nebenzahl and Grossberg Chair in Geodynamics, Tel Aviv University
  • 1999 Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 2000 Corresponding member, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 Member, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • 2003 Israel Prize
  • 2003 Honorary member, World Jewish Academy of Sciences
  • 2004 L.Meitner-A.v. Humboldt Research Award
  • 2006 Foreign member, Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professional Societies:
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Sigma Xi (M.I.T. Chapter)
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Israel Geological Society
  • Israel Geophysical and Geodetic Society

Supervision of PhD and MSc Students and of Post Doctoral Fellows:
  • 27 PhD Students
  • 33 MSc Students
  • 5 Post Doctoral Fellows
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