23 October 2014

Danish scientist elected as Fellow of Geological Society of America


Professor in Geophysics Hans Thybo, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at University of Copenhagen has been elected as Fellow of Geological Society of America. Hans Thybo receives the award for being "a world leader in application of seismic methods to studies of the tectonic and magmatic evolution of the continental lithosphere".

Hans Thybo

Hans Thybo. Photo: Kent Pørksen

Hans Thybo was appointed as fellow at the general assembly of Geological Society of America (GSA) in Vancouver in October. It is a rare honour for a European citizen to be elected as Fellow of Geological Society of America.

Hans Thybo’s research addresses structure and processes in the interior of the Earth. He is internationally recognised for a model that proposes the presence of partially molten rocks below depths of 100 km in continents. Recently he has investigated processes that lead to the formation of rift zones, where the Earth’s crust is splitting, e.g. in East Africa and Siberia around Lake Baikal. During the latest years his research has been concentrated on the origin of the enigmatic mountains in Norway and eastern Greenland.

Hans Thybo is President-elect of European Geosciences Union and Editor in Chief of the journal Tectonophysics. He is Danish delegate to International Council for Science (ICSU) and council member in International Lithosphere Programme (ILP). He is member of a series of international committees, including at National Science Foundation, USA (NSF) and as overseas expert at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Hans Thybo is vice-president of Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and a member of Danish Natural Sciences Academy, Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, Royal Astronomical Society, London, and the European academy "Academia Europaea".