It is difficult to transmit in full what Prof. Andrés Pérez-Estaún meant for the Spanish and international geological community, but below we give a brief overview of his major accomplishments. Andrés began his scientific career at the University of Oviedo, Asturias, where he studied Geological Sciences in the late 1960's. Later, he completed a Master of Science at Imperial College, University of London, UK. He then returned to Spain where he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Oviedo (1975). After completing a Ph.D. Andrés became a lecturer at the University of Oviedo (1979-1993).
During his tenure there, he occupied several administration responsibilities including Dean of the Faculty of Geology. In 1994 he joined the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) as a Research Professor at the Institute of Earth Science Jaume Almera in Barcelona. In 2007 Andrés was inducted into the Spanish Royal Academy of Natural Sciences as a corresponding member.
During the nearly 40 years of this research career, Andrés was a prolific scientist, publishing more than 175 research articles and mentoring numerous Ph.D. students. He was an important catalyst behind a large number of research projects both within Spain and internationally. In Spain he actively participated in the “Plan Magna”, a strategic plan to map the geology of Spain. He was also an active participant in the Spanish Deep Seismic Reflection Program (ESCI). Outside of Spain, he lead the Urals and SW-Iberia Projects, both European Science Foundation initiatives through Europrobe. Andrés was also fundamental in Europe’s SYSMIN project to map the geology and resources of the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, Andrés was best known for his important contribution to the understanding of the Variscides in Spain. He also served on numerous national, European, and international commissions, managing and reviewing leading edge research in Earth Science.
Andrés’ energy, intellectual capacity, and scientific generosity helped to foster a diverse generation of Earth scientists working in different fields that range from basic to applied research. He was a firm believer that the subsoil is the next frontier that humanity has to explore to find solutions to the major environmental challenge society faces.
The untimely death of Professor Andrés Pérez-Estaún on August 13th, 2014 has left a vacuum in the Earth science community, and he will be sadly missed by his colleagues, students, and friends. His legacy, however, will continue to inspire them.
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