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Birth announcement Photo taken on 9 May 1943, when Pierre was four days old...

1943

Born 5 May in Herzogenbuchsee, Swiss-German Switzerland, where a large number of his family live. May 5 was also the date of birth of Karl Marx which, he felt, always slightly worried his mother...

1) Birth announcement
2) Photo taken on 9 May 1943, when Pierre was four days old...

 

Pierre du Bois - In his mother's arms, 1944

1945 – 1947

Lives in Tanger, which was to play a significant role in his life.

In his mother's arms, 1944

Pierre du Bois - In his father's arms, at the age of three

1947

His father dies in Tanger, Pierre returns to Switzerland with his mother.

In his father's arms, at the age of three
Wednesday 11 July 1962, 6h20 in the morning, with his college friends after a sleepless night... (Pierre is second from left) Pierre du Bois - Pierre at 17

1950

Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande in Chailly, then CollÚge de Béthusy and Gymnase de la Cité in Lausanne, where he gains his college diploma in 1962.

1) Wednesday 11 July 1962, 6h20 in the morning, with his college friends after a sleepless night... (Pierre is second from left)
2) Pierre at 17

 

Pierre du Bois - Pierre in Thailand during his trip around the world - he lost 6 kg in one night of ‘indigestion'...

1961

Still at college, wins the first prize in a general knowledge radio competition "Echec et Mat", a question and answer quiz organised by the Radio Suisse Romande: a trip around the world with Swissair, which he took over three months the following year. He made the front page of the newspapers: the first participant to win the first prize in general knowledge and at such a young age!

Pierre in Thailand during his trip around the world - he lost 6 kg in one night of ‘indigestion'...

Pierre du Bois - Pierre teaches history to college students, not much younger than he was

1964 - 1966

Foreign policy editor at the Radio Suisse Romande (RSR) in Lausanne. Pierre discovers his passion for the media - radio, newspapers, later television - which never left him. He works in radio and many newspapers, dailies, journals and magazines, in Switzerland and abroad, where he tackles a rich and extraordinarily diverse range of themes, testimony to his enormous intellectual curiosity, his exceptional knowledge and his need to share. His last interview, on the question of security, is broadcast posthumously by RSR, for the GĂ©opolis programme, on 16 August 2007. It had been recorded in May 2007.

Pierre teaches history to college students, not much younger than he was

1965

Masters in Political Science from the University of Lausanne

1966 - 1968

Historical chronicler at the Feuille d'Avis in Lausanne.

1967

Three month trip to Africa. On behalf of various media, he meets and interviews, among others, LĂ©opold Sedar Senghor (President of Senegal), Mokhtar Ould Dada (President of Mauritania), Modibo Keita (President of Mali).

1967 - 1968

Founds and develops in Lausanne the Club Jean Davel, centre for politicial thought. This brings together the cream of intellectuals, future academics, journalists, the men and women in the political foreground.

Pierre du Bois - May 1969, Pierre and Irina take their first trip together to the south of France

1968

Returns from Paris, where he received a moderate beating  during the riots in May of that year, meets Miss Irina Tamas in Lausanne on 21 June. Irina, a Romanian emigrant to Germany, was a chemistry student at the Ecole Polytechnique de l'UniversitĂ© de Lausanne (later the EPFL), who becomes his wife and shares all his life . Pierre gives Irina new roots in life, confidence and courage, he not only opens his arms wide to her but also the windows on life, he broadens her horizons, he helps her to discover and to understand everything. They will build their life together, full of love, happiness, work, small and large celebrations – with a bottle of wine every evening and music, Gyspy, Latin-American, Yiddish and others – and of successes.
Masters in History from the University of Lausanne.

First trip to the Republic of Ireland.  Pierre has a fascination for the Irish situation and, over the next 30 years, travels regularly to Northern Ireland and to the Republic.

May 1969, Pierre and Irina take their first trip together to the south of France

1968 - 1970

Awarded a scholarship and finishes post-graduate studies at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris. He follows the seminar of  Raymond Aron at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes, and is passionate for   new learnings in history and for The Annales. Makes friends with Fernand Braudel, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Louis Aragon and Elsa Triolet. Starts his PhD on Drieu La Rochelle, which he continues and later finishes in Lausanne

Pierre du Bois - One of the first photos of Pierre and Irina in Venice, early 1970s

1969

First trip, with Irina, to Venice, which they fall passionately in love with and which will become their ‘second home’.

Sets up the first monthly newspaper for Swiss-French area, ‘Nonante’, and becomes its Editor in Chief . Due to lack of finances, only one edition is published.

One of the first photos of Pierre and Irina in Venice, early 1970s

Pierre du Bois - Moscow, September 1970, Pierre with the famous Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvestny

1970

First trip to the USSR, which he returns to regularly and whose history and evolution he follows with great interest.  He has a passion throughout his life for all aspects of East-West relations and they constitute one of his main fields of work. He visits all the Eastern European countries.

Irina receives her Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Moscow, September 1970, Pierre with the famous Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvestny

1972 - 1978

History Professor at secondary school level in Lausanne.

Pierre du Bois - April 1976, Pierre and Irina for the first time in Bucharest, here in the Cismigiu garden

1976

First trip to Romania with Irina, for whom this is a return to her roots. They travel there regularly over the next 30 years. Pierre becomes a great expert in Romania, which shows up often in his publications, colloquia and his teachings.
He takes Irina to Tanger for the first time.

Irina starts at Nestlé, in Vevey, where she will pursue a long and happy career for more than 30 years. Pierre urges and supports her in her professional life in a way that few men would support their wives.

April 1976, Pierre and Irina for the first time in Bucharest, here in the Cismigiu garden

1977 - 1985

Lecturer in contemporary history at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Pierre du Bois - Pierre and Irina at the Piroschka restaurant, in Munich, 1980, during their period of  sleepless nights at the cabarets for Hungarian gypsy music...

1978

Obtains his PhD in History from the University of Lausanne.

Pierre and Irina at the Piroschka restaurant, in Munich, 1980, during their period of  sleepless nights at the cabarets for Hungarian gypsy music

Pierre du Bois - Pierre organises, with Bettina Hurni,  one of the most beautiful colloquia on the EFTA from yesterday to tomorrow. Geneva, 25 September 1986 ©Jean Zbinden

1980 - 1992

Professor at the Institut Universitaire d’Etudes EuropĂ©ennes de GenĂšve. Starts to become fascinated with the European community, the history of its integration, its identity, the history of its relations with Switzerland, of its evolution, its growth, European monetary history, cultural history. Europe becomes one of the principle areas of his teachings, research and publications.

Pierre organises, with Bettina Hurni,  one of the most beautiful colloquia on the EFTA from yesterday to tomorrow. Geneva, 25 September 1986 ©Jean Zbinden

Pierre du Bois - Pierre in Zuoz, in Grisons, September 1988 Pierre du Bois - Pierre and Irina in Chili in 1992

1981

First trip, with Irina, to Sils-Maria, in Grisons, with which they fall in love and where they return almost every year after.
Spends several weeks, with Irina, in the USA.

First trip to Latin America, to Mexico. He is fascinated by this continent, for its history and its turbulent 20th century, but also the warmth of its people. He loves the language, the culture, the music. He travels regularly, alone and with Irina, in Latin America and visits Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

1) Pierre in Zuoz, in Grisons, September 1988

2) Pierre and Irina in Chili in 1992

1986 - 1994

Invited Professor at the Diplomatische Akademie in Vienna, Austria.

Pierre du Bois - Pierre in Connemara in the Republic of Ireland, 1988

1986 - 2000

Associate Professor at the University of NeuchĂątel.

Pierre in Connemara in the Republic of Ireland, 1988

1990 - 2007

Invited Professor at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France.

Pierre du Bois - Pierre in Bucharest, December 1998, during the launch of his book "Ancheta asupra unei ascensiuni: Ceausescu la putere" (with the Swiss Ambassador to Romania, Mr Jean-Claude Joseph)

1991, 1993 - 2005

Professor at the Summer University of the Foundation Titulescu/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

Pierre in Bucharest, December 1998, during the launch of his book "Ancheta asupra unei ascensiuni: Ceausescu la putere" (with the Swiss Ambassador to Romania, Mr Jean-Claude Joseph)

Pierre du Bois - Pierre takes part in a round table in Venice organised by the SEC (Société européenne de culture) on "La politique de la culture aujourd'hui"., on 20 June 1998. Photo shows Mr R. von WeizsÀcker, former president of the Federal Republic of Germany , Mr V. Capeletti, President of the  SEC, Mr P. Costa, Italian Minister of public works, Mr. M. Cacciari, Mayor of Venice ©Sergio Martucci Pierre du Bois - Photo HEI Pierre du Bois - Pierre and Dr. Laxiang Zheng (from Guangdong), during her thesis examination, 11 July 2006, at the Institut de hautes études internationales, in Geneva. Pierre du Bois - Pierre and Irina in Venice, 26 December 2006. They returned in April 2007, but this is their last photo taken in Venice

1992 - 2007

Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) in Geneva. "Our best years", Pierre was living the most splendid and fertile time of his life, from all points of view. His research testifies to this, his teachings, his long list of publications, his trips, his commitments. He adores the institute and its students who give so much back to him. He is ambitious for them, supports  and pushes them to succeed in their degrees, their theses, their lives

He is a member of many leading and scientific committees: Swiss Association for Wilton Park (1984-1994), Forum Helveticum (1987-2001, Vice-president 1992-2001), Rencontres suisses (1987-2001, President 1996-2001), Cercle littĂ©raire de Lausanne (from 1989), Foundation Titulescu (from 1990), SociĂ©tĂ© europĂ©enne de culture (from 1990), European Community Studies Association (from 1995), Europaeum (1995-2001), Fondazione Venezia per la ricerca sulla pace (from 1997), SociĂ©tĂ© d’études Ă©conomiques et sociales (from 1998), Centro per la diffusione della cultura (from 2000), Kommission fĂŒr die Diplomatichen Dokumente der Schweiz (from 2000).

He is member of several editorial committees: Revue d’Allemagne, Dosarele Istoriei, Revue roumaine d’histoire, Relations internationales (Co-president from 1998), Limes, Revue française de gĂ©opolitique, Studia Politica/Romanian Political Science Review.

1) Pierre takes part in a round table in Venice organised by the SEC (Société européenne de culture) on "La politique de la culture aujourd'hui"., on 20 June 1998. Photo shows Mr R. von WeizsÀcker, former president of the Federal Republic of Germany , Mr V. Capeletti, President of the  SEC, Mr P. Costa, Italian Minister of public works, Mr. M. Cacciari, Mayor of Venice ©Sergio Martucci

2) Photo HEI

3) Pierre and Dr. Laxiang Zheng (from Guangdong), during her thesis examination, 11 July 2006, at the Institut de hautes Ă©tudes internationales, in Geneva.

4) Pierre and Irina in Venice, 26 December 2006. They returned in April 2007, but this is their last photo taken in Venice

Pierre du Bois - Pierre and Dr. Basil Germond, during his thesis examination, 7 May 2007, at the Institut de hautes études internationales, in Geneva. Basil is the last to obtain his PhD  with Pierre.

7 mai 2007

Thesis defence of Basil Germond, HEI, Geneva, the last to obtain his PhD with Professor Pierre du Bois.

Pierre and Dr. Basil Germond, during his thesis examination, 7 May 2007, at the Institut de hautes études internationales, in Geneva. Basil is the last to obtain his PhD  with Pierre.

23 juin 2007

Sudden, cruel and unexpected death of Pierre, at the age of 64, from an acute coronary obstruction, one Saturday afternoon after he had returned from the swimming pool. Irina loses the love of her life.

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