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Georges Boulon

Date of investiture:
20 March 2012
Francesc Díaz
Area of knowledge:
Physical Sciences

Georges Boulon was awarded his PhD in Physical Sciences in 1968 in Paris. He has done most of his university teaching and research at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, but he has also made scientific visits to the universities of Wisconsin and Oklahoma (USA) and the University of Tohoku (Japan).

Between 1983 and 1994 he was the director of the Physical Chemistry Laboratory of Luminescent Materials of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Subsequently he was the director of the National Research Group of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Luminescent Materials between 1994 and 2001, a member of the National Committee of French Universities for the French Prime Minister, and chairman of the Committee of Experts at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. At present he is emeritus professor of this university.

Dr Boulon has always worked in close connection with luminescence, in particular the different oxidation states of chromium and he has gained widespread international recognition. He has also studied the dynamics of electronic excitation and relaxation, energy transfer between ions, and the behaviour of chromium when it functions as a solid state laser.

In his investiture speech, Francesc Díaz, a lecturer at the Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry pointed out that Boulon, “is regarded as one of the leading figures in the field of laser materials and he has carried out experiments about how to make efficient extractions of light.”

  • Speeches of the sponsor, Honoris itself and the rector Francesc Xavier Grau