Professor Ian Main, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

Posted by pkm at Jan 15, 2015 07:24 AM |

Ian Main is Professor of Seismology and Rock Physics at the University of Edinburgh.  He has a BSc in Physics (St Andrews), MSc in Geophysics (Durham) and a PhD in Seismology (Edinburgh).  He worked initially as a lecturer in geophysics at Reading University, and has been at the University of Edinburgh since then, with sabbatical positions in Paris and Bologna.

Ian is interested in the processes that lead up to catastrophic failure events, from earthquakes, rock fracture, and volcanic eruptions to failure of building materials and bridges, and in quantifying the resulting hazard. He is particularly interested in the population dynamics of localised brittle failure as a complex, non-linear (unreasonable) system, as well as the influence of old, new and reactivated faults and fault zones on fluid flow underground.

Ian gave the Bullerwell lecture in Geophysics in 1997, moderated the Nature debate on earthquake prediction in 1999, and was a member of the International Commission on Earthquake Forecasting set up after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2009, and awarded the Louis Néel Medal of the European Union of Geosciences in April 2014.

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