Tackley, Paul, Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr.  Paul Tackley


ETH Zürich

Dep. of Earth Sciences 

Prof. Dr. Paul Tackley

Institut für Geophysik 

NO  H 9.1 

Sonneggstrasse 5

8092 Zürich


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Research area

Paul Tackley studies the structure, dynamics and evolution of Earth and other terrestrial planets and moons as related to convective processes in the mantle, lithospheric dynamics and plate tectonics. His approach emphasises numerical simulation, using state-of-the-art numerical methods and high performance parallel supercomputers to obtain more realistic, three-dimensional numerical models of dynamical processes than previously possible.

His group is presently involved in many different projects covering lithosphere dynamics, mantle dynamics, planetary dynamics, planetary differentiation and extra-solar planets, and the development of appropriate numerical techniques for these.

Curriculum Vitae

Paul Tackley has been Professor for Geophysical Fluid Dynamics in the Institute of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences since 2005. He is the study director of the Department of Earth Sciences and a member of the ETH Research Commission, where he chairs subcommission I. From 2010-2014 he served as Head of the Institute of Geophysics.

He was born in 1965 in Rugby, UK.

Paul Tackley got his BA in Natural Sciences (Physics major) 1987 from the University of Cambridge, UK, (1st Class Honors).

1991 he got his MSc in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA and in 1993 a M.A. Natural Sciences (Physics major) from the University of Cambridge. He earned his PhD in Geophysics at Caltech in 1994.

Following the doctorate he worked at the University of California, Los Angeles: Assistant Professor 1994-99, Associate Professor 1999-2003, Full Professor 2003-2005.


Year Distinction
2008 Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan
1997 Packard Foundation Faculty Fellowship, USA
1995 Fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan
1994 Clauser Prize for his PhD thesis at Caltech
1994 Fellowship from the Inoue Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

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Paul Tackley served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research and Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems and is on the editorial board of Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.

He was chief organiser of two international scientific workshops, in 2008 and 2009.

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