Gérard Gremaud was born in Fribourg in 1949. After classical studies at College St Michel in Fribourg, he received his diploma in physics engineering in 1974 and his PhD in 1981 at EPFL. From this date, he became responsible for research at EPFL. He is now co-responsible for the Mechanical Spectroscopy Laboratory at the Institute of Physics of Complex Materials. In 2002, he became also chief of the service of physics teaching laboratories and physics classroom demonstrations of EPFL. In 2005, he obtained the title of Professor of EPFL. He was collaborating also during several years to two small companies in Switzerland, as administrator or president.
He has a variety of research fields : dislocation dynamics, structural phase transitions, mechanical and tribological properties at nanoscale, and mechanical properties of vibrated granular materials. In these fields, he has directed about ten PhD thesis. He is the author of numerous theoretical models which are largely cited. Specialized in acoustical spectroscopy techniques, he developed several original experimental techniques, such as the US-LF coupling technique. His publications include about 130 research papers, 11 book chapters, 6 popular publications and 2 books as editor.
In addition to about 40 invited lectures and conference talks in leading institutions worldwide, he has co-organized several international conferences and summer schools. Member of several scientific societies, he contributes also as referee for numerous scientific journals and several scientific research-funding organizations.
Since 1976, he is teaching in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, metallurgical physics, thermodynamics, dislocation theory, metrology and physics laboratories.