1981 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: France

Haroun Tazieff
France, 1914-1998

Haroun Tazieff is an internationally renowned volcanologist, whose expertise in volcanic activity has resulted in multiple assignments from UNESCO, and wide-ranging missions around the world.


Born in Warsaw, he was educated in Belgium, earning a degree of Ingénieur Agronome at Gembloux, and a second degree of Ingénieur Géologue at Liège.


He began teaching at the Institut Agronomique de Gembloux in 1937. ln 1944, he joined the science faculty at l'Université de Bruxelles as an assistant in mineralogy, and later as assistant in applied geology and geophysics in 1945.


He then worked as an engineer at the mines in Mitwaba, and as a geologist, in the Geological Service of the Belgian Congo. He taught volcanology at d'Orsay and at the Faculté des Sciences de Paris.


He joined the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) as Maître de Recherche in 1969, and he has been since 1972 director of research of the CNRS.


Additionally, Tazieff is president of the International Institute of Volcanological Research, and director of the Volcanology Laboratory of the CNRS at Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

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