Francis Albarède

Professor of Geochemistry

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
46, Allee d'Italie
69364 Lyon Cedex 7, FRANCE
phone: (+33) 472 72 84 14
fax: (+33) 472 72 86 77

Fields of interest: Trace elements, radiogenic isotope geochemistry and geochronology. Igneous geochemistry. Paleoceanography. Modeling.
PhD in 1976 on 39Ar-40Ar geochronology in polytectonic areas (University of Paris 7).
1977-1978 Post-Doctoral Fellow at Caltech: Stable Isotopes in granitic and metamorphic rocks.
1979-1991 Professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Geologie in Nancy, France.
1991- Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France

Chair of Département des Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon


1985-1993: Associate Editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
1993- Editor of Earth and Planetary Science Letters
1994-1996 'Director' of the Geochemical Society
1999-2001 Vice-President of the European Association of Geochemistry

1995 Author of Introduction to Geochemical Modeling published by Cambridge University Press.

Current interest

Magnetic Sector ICP-MS (First commercial Plasma 54 delivered December 1994). New possibilities for radiogenic isotopes (Hf, Pb, ...) and isotope compositions of stable elements (Cu, Zn, Ge, B). A new Web site soon.
The Geochemical Earth Reference Model initiative. Meetings in Lyon (1996) and San Diego (1998). See the Special Issue of Chemical Geology vol 145 (1998).


1988 Medaille d'Argent CNRS
1994-1999 Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France
1996 Miller Professor University of California at Berkeley
1998 Geochemistry Fellow (EAG/GS)

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