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Paul Marinos (1944 – 2021)

A leading figure in engineering geology and rock mechanics

Professor Paul (Pavlos) Marinos passed away on 10 October 2021. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and delivered the 6th Glossop Lecturer in 2002 on “Ongoing challenges in engineering geology for tunnelling in difficult ground”.

Leading figure

Paul was a leading figure in Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics. He made great contributions to the field of rock mass characterisation, weak rock properties and behaviour (particularly in karstic terrain) with strong emphasis on applications to engineering design and construction.  Paul was a leader of the profession as President of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), President of the Geological Society of Greece and of the Greek Tunnelling Society (a member of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association). He was an Editor-in-Chief of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering since 2010 and was active in his editorial role until the day he died.


Paul received many awards indicative of his great international standing, including Honorary President of International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) (2021); Knight of the order of “Palmes Académiques” from the French Republic (2014); the Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecture, Environmental and Engineering Geology Division and the Association of Engineering Geologists, Geological Society of America (2010); the Rock Mechanics Annual Lecture, Madrid (2006); the 33rd Cross Canada Lectures Tour, Canadian Geotechnical Society (2005); the 6th Glossop Lecture and Medal of the Geological Society of London (2002); the 19th Rocha Lecture, Lisbon (2002); the Hans Cloos medal, IAEG (2001); and the André Dumont medal of the Geological Society of Belgium (1999).

By David Toll and Ursula Lawrence