Kissling, Edi, Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr.  Edi Kissling


ETH Zürich

Dep. of Earth Sciences 

Prof. Dr. Edi Kissling

Institut für Geophysik 

NO  H 53.2 

Sonneggstrasse 5

8092 Zürich


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Curriculum Vitae

Eduard Kissling has been given the title of Professor of Geophysics at the ETH Zurich, in 1995. He is leading the research group "General and Applied Seismology" at Institute of Geophysics.

Research interests: Structure and dynamics of Earth's interior. Special interest: Seismic tomography, methodology and applications. Personal data: Born 7 August 1953 in Zurich, Swiss citizen, married to Irene Kissling-Fischer. University education: 1972-76 Department of Natural Sciences of Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. Diploma thesis: "Radiometric studies in the Rotondo Granite, Central Alps". 1977-80 PhD student of Prof. Dr. St. Mueller at Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich, finishing with dissertation entitled "Crustal Structure and Isostasy in Switzerland". 1987 Habilitation at ETH Zurich and University of Zurich in "Geophysics" with a thesis entitled "Geotomography with Local Earthquake Data". (publ. in Reviews of Geophysics, 1988). Professional research experience: 1977-83 Assistant at ETH Zurich in fields of gravity, geodynamics, and refraction seismology. 1983-85 Postdoc at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park and at Stanford University, California.

1983/7 Several visits as scientific guest at University of Utah, Salt Lake City and at USGS. 1988- Research and teaching scientist at Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich. 1995- leading research group "General and Applied Seismology" at Institute of Geophysics. Professional teaching experience: 1983-87 Assistant teaching duties in introductory geophysics, theoretical geophysics, mathematical methods, field and laboratory practica. 1987- Lecturing in mathematical methods of environmental physics, introduction to geophysics, theoretical seismology, seismic tomography, physics of the lithosphere. 1978- Supervising diploma students (8 at ETH, 2 at other universities). 1987- Supervising PhD students (13 at ETH, 5 at other universities). Honors/Awards: Post-doctoral fellowship of Swiss National Science Foundation 1983/4, Latsis-Research Prize 1991 of ETH Zurich for "Seismic Tomography", Academic responsibilities and invitations: Students counselor for geophysics at the ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, 1987/8 Member of the committee to design new study plan in Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich, Lead convenor for symposia at EGS, IUGG, IASPEI, Member of editorial board for ECLOGAE GEOL. HELV. and for J. OF GEODYNAMICS, Member of Swiss Geophysical Commission.

Course Catalogue

Autumn Semester 2017

Number Unit
651-3001-AAL Dynamic Earth I and II 
651-3001-00L Dynamic Earth I 
651-3521-AAL Tectonics 
651-3521-00L Tectonics 
651-4014-00L Seismic Tomography 
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