Geologist, Award Winner
1914 – 1998
Who was Haroun Tazieff?
He received a degree in agronomy in Gembloux in 1938, and another degree in geology at University of Liège in 1944. He was later a "secrétaire d'État" in France, in charge of prevention of major risks.
The National Geographic film The Violent Earth followed Tazieff's expeditions to the volcanoes Mount Etna, Sicily in 1971 and Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1972 in which he attempted, unsuccessfully, to descend into the active lava lake in order to collect samples.
He participated at the first explorations of the “Pierre Saint-Martin abyss” in Spain. In 1952, he was filming the ascension of Marcel Loubens when the cable of the hoist broke and Loubens fell over 80 meters. He died 36 hours later and his body could be extracted from the cavern only in 1954.
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