William Lowrie#

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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).


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)


125 publications in international scientific journals
Citation quality index = 40

  • 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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