Xavier Le Pichon

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Xavier Le Pichon (born June 18, 1937) is a French geophysicist.[1] Among many other contributions, he is known for his comprehensive model of plate tectonics (1968).

He is professor at the Collège de France, holder of the Chair of Geodynamics (1986-2008).[1]


Le Pichon holds a doctorate in physics. Professional career:[1]

Prizes and memberships of learned societies[edit]


  • Riffaud, Claude; Le Pichon, Xavier (1976). Expédition 'Famous' à 3000 m sous l'Atlantique. Paris: Albin Michel. 
  • Le Pichon, Xavier (1986). kaiko voyage aux extremites de la mer. Le Seuil: Odile Jacob. ISBN 978-2738113238. 
  • Yijie, Tang; Le Pichon, Xavier (1999). La mort. Paris: Desclée de Brouwer. ISBN 978-2220044026. 
  • Le Pichon, Xavier; Francheteau, Jean; Bonnin, Jean (2013). Plate Tectonics (revised ed.). Elsevier. ISBN 9781483257273. 


  1. ^ a b c "Biography of Xavier Le Pichon". Collège de France. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wollaston Medal". Award Winners since 1831. Geological Society of London. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Xavier Le Pichon". International Balzan Prize Foundation. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  • "Co-chairs: Xavier Le Pichon". Learning from the disabled. John Templeton Foundation. 
  • Ballard, Robert D.; Hively, Will (2002). The eternal darkness : a personal history of deep-sea exploration. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691095547. 
  • Commission on Geosciences Environment and Resources; Ocean Studies Board; National Research Council (2000). 50 years of ocean discovery: National Science Foundation 1950-2000. National Academies Press. pp. 71–72. ISBN 9780309172578. 
  • Frankel, Henry R. (2012). The continental drift controversy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107019942. 
  • Levin, Tanya (25 May 1998). "Interview of Xavier Le Pichon by Tanya Levin". Niels Bohr Library & Archives. American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 

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