William Lowrie#


UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
  • 1960 B.Sc., 1st class honors, Physics. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 1962 M.A., Geophysics. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1963 High School Teaching Certificate (Interim). Ontario College of Education, Toronto, Canada
  • 1967 Ph. D., Geophysics. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 1961 Geophysicist. Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd., Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada. Base metals exploration (May-October).
  • 1962-1964 High school teacher. Northern Secondary School, Toronto, Canada. Teaching mathematics and physics, classes 9-13.
  • 1968-1970 Research Geophysicst. Gulf Research and Development Company, Pittsburgh. Geology section. Project: magnetic anisotropy of sediments.
  • 1968-1970 Lecturer. Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Applied geophysics, exploration methods.
  • 1970-1974 Research Associate. Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, New York. Paleomagnetism, rock magnetism.
  • 1974-2004 Professor of Geophysics. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich.
  • Teaching: general, theoretical and applied geophysics.
  • Research: paleomagnetism, rock magnetism, magnetic stratigraphy.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Chairman, Institute of Geophysics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich (60 staff). Alternate years 1977–1994; 2002–2004
  • 1985-1987 Chairman, Department of Earth Sciences (150 staff), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich.
  • 1985-1987 Vice-President, European Union of Geosciences.
  • 1987-1989 President, European Union of Geosciences.
  • 1997-1999 Chairman, Department of Earth Sciences (150 staff) and Faculty of Earth Sciences (200 students), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich.
  • 1999-2000 Advisory Board, Natural Environmental Research Council, UK, Joint Infrastructure Fund (distribution of £50 million in funds to British universities)
  • 2000-2002 President, Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, American Geophysical Union

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE
  • Editor Geophysical Research Letters (1984-1988).
  • Associate Editor, Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics (1984-1986).
  • Advisory Board, Journal of Geophysics (4 yr), Earth and Planetary Science Letters (8 yr) Physics of the Earth & Planetary Interiors (8yr).

SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIA

Meeting Organizer, 4th Biennial Meeting, European Union of Geosciences, Strasbourg 1987.
Convener at: IAGA General Assemblies (1980, 1991), European Union of Geosciences, (1989, 1993), American Geophysical Union Meetings (1990, 1999), AGU Chapman Conference (2003)

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

125 publications in international scientific journals
Citation quality index = 40

HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS
  • 1990 Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • 1995 Alan Cox Memorial Lecturer, American Geophysical Union
  • 2000 Elected Member of Academia Europaea
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