Ian Main#

Ian Main
Membership Number:6338
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2000,07 Professor in Seismology and Rock Physics, University of Edinburgh
  • 1996,07 Reader in Seismology and Rock Physics, University of Edinburgh
  • 1989,04 Lecturer in Seismology and Rock Physics, University of Edinburgh
  • 1985,09 Lecturer in Geophysics, University of Reading, UK
  • 1980,10 Part-time lecturer in Physics, Napier College, Edinburgh, UK

Fields of Scholarship
  • Quantification of natural hazards
  • Catastrophic failure events, from earthquakes, rock fracture, and volcanic eruptions to failure of building materials and bridges
  • Analysis of population dynamics of localised brittle failure as a complex, non-linear (unreasonable) system
  • Fluid-rock interactions and fluid flow involving fractures in the subsurface

Honours and Awards
  • 1997 Bullerwell lecture in Geophysics (British Geophysical Association)
  • 2009 Elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE, Scotland’s National Academy)
  • 2011 Scottish Government/RSE research support fellowship
  • 2014 Louis Néel Medal of the European Union of Geosciences (Rock Physics)
  • 2019 Ed Lorenz lecture in Non-linear Geophysics at the centennial meeting of the American Geophysical Union

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