Vladimir L. Tauson was born in Moscow on 19 January, 1950. He graduated from the Irkutsk State University (USSR) in 1972. He received the Doctor academic degree in chemical sciences from the V.I.Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry (Moscow) in 1991. His current position is the head of department of modeling of geochemical processes of A.P.Vinogradov Institute of Geochemistry in Irkutsk (Russia). The areas of expertise are: physical geochemistry, mineral reactions and transformations, mineral surfaces, trace element distribution and speciation. His notable findings are the theory of forced equilibria in natural and laboratory systems, and the ascertainment of the geochemical role of surface nanophases in trace element distribution. He is a laureate of the Russian Government Prize in Science and Engineering (1996) and the A.P.Vinogradov award in geochemistry (Russian Academy of Sciences, 2002).