Nils-Axel Mörner took his PhD in Quaternary Geology at Stockholm University in 1969. He was head of a personal institute at Stockholm University and the Swedish National Council on Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics (P&G) from 1991 up to his retirement in 2005. He has written hundreds of research papers and a number of books. He is a global traveller and has undertaken field studies in all continents. Several students have taken their doctoral degree at the P&G institute, which became an international centre for paleoseismics, neotectonics, paleomagnetism and global sea level changes. He was president of the INQUA Neotectonics Commission (1981-1989) and president of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Dynamics (1999-2003). From 1996 he has been deeply engaged in paleotsunami research in Sweden and the Maldives. In 2008 he was awarded the Golden Condrite of Merit (from Algarve University) “for his irreverence and contribution to our understanding of sea level change”.