Claude Jaupart studies the mechanisms of heat transport in the Earth and the mechanics of geological fluids. He was born on May 22, 1953 and obtained a PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Physical Sciences degree from the University of Paris Diderot (which is now the University of Paris). He directed the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris for ten years. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences and a “Fellow” of the American Geophysical Union and the European Geosciences Union. His research focuses on the thermal structure and evolution of continents, natural convection phenomena in the Earth's mantle and the mechanics of magmatic systems and volcanic eruptions. He is author and co-author of more than 160 scientific articles, numerous chapters of collective works and, with Jean-Claude Mareschal, of a geophysical treatise entitled “Heat Generation and Transport in the Earth” and published by the Presses Cambridge academics in 2011. He supervised 20 doctoral theses.