Max Wyss
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Curriculum Vitae of Max Wyss

Personal Data:

Born and raised in Zuerich, Switzerland. Citizenship: CH and USA.


California Institute of Technology, 1970, Ph.D.; California Institute of Technology, 1967, M.S; Federal Inst. of Technology, Zueric h, Switzerland, Diploma, Geophysics, 1964.

Professional Employment:

Director of World Agency of Planetary Monitoring and Earthquake Risk Reduction, Geneva, 2001-present. Wadati Professor, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 19912001. State Seismologist of Alaska, 1993-1994. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Fellow of CIRES and Professor, 1972-1991. Visiting Scientist at: ETH Zuerich, Jan/Jun 2001; UCLA Jan/Feb 2000; USC Mar/Apr 2000; UNAM, Queretaro, Mexico, 99; Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 98; GFZ Potsdam, Germany, 97/98; Tohoku Univ., Sendai, Japan, 97; NIED, Tsukuba, Japan, 96; ERI, Univ. Tokyo, Japan, 95; Univ. of Kiel, Germany, 1990; Graefenberg Array, Erlangen, Germany, 85/86; ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 79/80; Univ. of Karlsruhe, Germany, 74/75; National Univ. of Mexico 72. Research Assoc at: Lamont-Doherty Geol. Obs., Columbia Univ., 70/71; Univ. of California, IGPP, 70. Research Asst. at: California Institute of Technology, 65-70; Univ. Mainz, Germany, 65. Exploration Geophys. at: Geotest AG, Bern, CH, 64.

Honors and Awards:

Alexander von Humboldt, Senior U.S. Scientist Award, 1985/86; University of Colorado, Faculty Research Fellowship, 1985/86. Geophysical Institute, Univ. of Alaska, Moore prize for best research paper, 1996. First prize for sparkling wine at Fairbanks county fair, 1993. Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2002. Short story prize from Stauffacher, Bern, 2004.


German - native;
English - excellent;
French – well;
Spanish - moderate;
Italian - poor;
Japanese - rudimentary.


Seismological Society of America; American Geophysical Union;


Editor, Pure & Appl. Geophys., 1974-1984; Member Advisory Board, 1984-1994.


IASPEI, Sub-commission on Earthquake Prediction, chairman, 1987-2001; European Advisory Evaluation Committee for Earthquake Prediction, 1999-present; Canadian Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Committee, member, April 1989-present.


Published 190 articles in reviewed journals and edited 9 monographs.


Lahmeyer International, seis. hazard Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Cameroon 2006-20012. Shell Oil Co., seis. hazard Sakhalin, 2002; Govt. of Greece, eval. res. labs and proposals, 1999 and 2001; Govt. of India, Foreign Advisory Team Gujarat earthquake, 2001; seis. hazard in Peru, 2000; UN Development Secretariat IDNDR, Seis. Hazard Mitigation India, 1994; Electrowatt-Stucki, Seis. Hazard at Dam Sites in Iran, Motorcolumbus, 1993; TURN, Seis. Hazard at Diablo Canyon, CA, 1988; State of Colorado, Seis. Hazard at SSC Site, 1987; Citizens Against Hile Quarry, Explosions Hazards, 1984; Motorcolumbus, Seis. Hazard in Honduras, 19831985; UNESCO, Seis. Hazard in the Balkans, 1983; Electrowatt, Seis. Hazard in Argentina and Switzerland, 1980-1982; NASA, Geodynamics, 1968.

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