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Biographical entry Lambeck, Kurt (1941 - )

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Born
20 September 1941
Utrecht, Netherlands
Occupation
Geophysicist

Summary

Kurt Lambeck was professor of geophysics at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University from 1977 to 2007 and Head of the School from 1984 to 1992. His work is on "glacial rebound" which studies how the sea responds to changing levels, its impact on civilisations and the future. He was educated at the universities of New South Wales (BSurv) and Oxford (DPhil, DSc).

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1951
Life event - Settled in Australia
1962 - 1963
Career position - Trigonometric surveyor, New South Wales Department of Lands
1963
Education - Bachelor of Surveying, University of New South Wales
1964
Career position - Research Associate at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands
1965
Career position - Research Associate at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece
1967
Education - DPhil, University of Oxford
1967 - 1970
Career position - Geodesist at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Harvard College Observatory, USA
1970 - 1973
Career position - Directeur de Recherches at Observatoire de Paris, France
1973 - 1977
Career position - Professor of Geophysics at the University of Paris
1976 -
Award - Fellow, American Geophysical Union
1976
Award - Macelwane Award, American Geophysical Union
1976
Education - DSc, University of Oxford
1977 - 2007
Career position - Professor of Geophysics at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
1984 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1984 - 1992
Career position - Director of the Research School of Earth Sciences
1987 -
Award - Honorary Member, European Geophysical Society
1989
Award - Sir Harold Jeffreys Lecturer, Royal Astronomical Society, United Kingdom
1989 - 1998
Career position - Chairman, Bilateral Science and Technology Programs, Commonwealth Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce
1993
Award - Charles A Whitten Medal received from the American Geophysical Union
1993
Career position - Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
1993
Career position - F. C. Donders Professor, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
1994
Career position - Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Arts
1994
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1995
Award - Hon. Doctorate, National Technical University, Athens, Greece
1996
Award - Jaeger Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1996 - 2000
Career position - Secretary, Physical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science
1997
Award - Alfred Wegener Medal received from the European Union of Geosciences
1998 - 2000
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Academy of Science
1999 -
Award - Foreign Member, Academia Europaea
1999 - 2005
Career position - Chairman, Antarctic Science Advisory Committee, Australian Academy of Science
2000 - 2004
Career position - Foreign Secretary, Australian Academy of Science
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in geophysics
2001
Career position - Tage Erlander Professor, Swedish National Research Council
2001
Award - Prix George Lemaître, Université catholique de Louvian, Belgium
2004
Award - Eminent Scientist Award, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2005 -
Award - Foreign Member, Académie des Sciences, Institut de France
2006 -
Career position - Member, Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council
2006
Career position - Chair, Working Group, Australia's Science and Technology Priorities for Global Engagement
2006 - 2010
Career position - President of the Australian Academy of Science
2006 - 2010
Career position - President, Australian Academy of Science
2007
Award - Honorary Professor, Graduate University, Chinese Academy of Science
2008 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
2008
Career position - Chair, Committee, Prime Minister's Science Award
2009 -
Award - Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.
2009
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to science through the development of policy, the promotion of educational programs and as a researcher and educator in the field of geoscience
2010 -
Award - Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2010 - 2012
Career position - Blaise Pascal Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
2011
Award - Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur, France
2012
Award - Balzan Prize, International Balzan Prize Foundation
2013
Award - Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana
2013 - 2016
Career position - Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
2014 -
Career position - Honorary Professor, University of Wollongong
2015
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Oration, Australian Academy of Science
2016 - 2017
Career position - Johannes Geiss Fellow, International Institute of Space Science, Bern, Switzerland
2018
Award - Prime Minister's Prize for Science, Commonwealth of Australia
2018 - 2019
Career position - Visiting Researcher, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanology, Rome, Italy

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  • Keenihan, Sarah, 'Prime Minister's Prize for Science 2018 goes to "earth-watcher" Kurt Lambeck', Quaternary Australia, 35 (2) (2018), 6-7. Details
  • Lambeck, Kurt, 'A tribute to Professor John M. A. Chappell (1940 - 2018)', Quaternary Australia, 35 (2) (2018), 8. Details
  • Lambeck, Kurt, 'Anton Linder Hales 1911 - 2006', Historical Records of Australian Science, 30 (2) (2019), 146-65. https://doi.org/10.1071/HR18022. Details

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Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn