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High School graduation 1952, New Cumberland (USA)
Baccalauréat, first part, 1953, New York (USA)
Baccalauréat second part, 1954, Rabat (Morocco)
Graduation in Physics, chemistry and geology, 1958, Paris, (France)
Doctorat IIIè cycle, 1961, Paris, (France)
Doctorat d’Etat, 1966, Grenoble, (France)


Assistant, Nancy, 1958-1963
Maître Assistant, Nancy, 1963-1965
Maître Assistant, Nantes, 1965-1968
Maître de Conférences, Nantes, 1968-1978
Professor, Nantes, 1978
Professor (classe exceptionnelle), Nantes, 1984
Professor (classe exceptionnelle), Montpellier, 1986


Officier des Palmes Académiques
Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur
Fellow of the AGU
Silver Medal CNRS
Veinig Meinez Medal
Senior member of Institut Universitaire de France
Hess Medal, American Geophysical Union
Prix Dolomieu de l’Académie des Sciences


Member of Inter-Union Commission on Lithosphere
Member of International Geological Commission Program, Chairman of the French committee
Member of “ Petroleum Club of CNRS ”
Member of Scientific Committee on Submarines of National Center for exploitation of Oceans
Member of Council of “ European Union of Geosciences ”
Member of the Editorial Board of “ Société Géologique de France ”, “ Tectonophysics ” and “ Terra Nova ”
Senior editor of series "Petrology and Structural geology" for Kluwer Academic Publisher
Associated Director of Earth Sciences Department from the CNRS from 1979 to 1981
Chairman Working Group n°4 “ Dynamics and Bilans of the Earth ” (INSU-CNRS program)
Chairman of Working Group ECORS-ALPES
Chairman Working Group n°4 from COSOD II ocean International Drilling Program
Member of National Committee of Earth Sciences from the CNRS
Member of “ Comité National des Universités ”
Director of Tectonophysics Laboratory, Nantes, 1968-1986
Director of the Laboratory of Tectonophysics, Université of Montpellier France, 1986-1998
Director of the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, de l’Eau et de l’Espace de Montpellier (ISTEEM), 1994-1998
Advisor at the French Ministry of Research, in charge of Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences, 1999-


1958-1965 : Teaching in engineering in Earth Sciences, ENSMIN Nancy, France
1965-1986 : Professor at the University of Nantes (France). Teaching and organization of cursus in Fundamental geology, structural geology, geodynamics and tectonophysics.
1986-1998 : Professor at the University of Montpellier, France, same topics
1986-1998 : Director of the Laboratory of Tectonophysics Université of Montpellier France
1994-1998 : Director of the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, de l’Eau et de l’Espace de Montpellier (ISTEEM)
1992-2000 : Chairman of the “ Ecole Doctorale Geosciences ” in Montpellier, France


It covers the domain of rocks deformation and geodynamics. Discovery in 1971 of the principles of kinematic analysis in plastically deformed rocks, mechanisms of ductile deformation and recrystallization, application to mantle flow and anisotropy, structural guides for chromite prospection, magma generation, oceanic lithosphere (involvement in oceanographic cruises), mechanisms of sea-floor spreading as deduced from structural studies in ophiolites.