Geophysicists in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912-01-06 Geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt

Polar Scientist, Geophysicist and Meteorologist Alfred Wegener
Polar Scientist, Geophysicist and Meteorologist
Alfred Wegener

Famous Birthdays

  • 1678-11-26 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, born in Béziers, France (d. 1771)
  • 1879-05-28 Milutin Milanković, Serbian astronomer and geophysicist (linked long-term changes in climate to astronomical factors affecting the amount of solar energy received at Earth’s surface), born in Dalj, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)

Person of interestAlfred Wegener

1880-11-01 Alfred Wegener, German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist (continental shift), born in Berlin (d. 1930)

Polar Scientist, Geophysicist and Meteorologist Alfred Wegener
Polar Scientist, Geophysicist and Meteorologist
Alfred Wegener
  • 1887-07-30 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (gravity), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1891-04-22 Harold Jeffreys, English mathematician (Theory of Probability) and geophysicist, born in County Durham, England (d. 1989)
  • 1900-08-06 Cecil H. Green, American geophysicist (d. 2003)
  • 1903-10-05 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1906-05-12 William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist
  • 1909-04-13 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist and director (KNMI) (d. 1994)
  • 1914-09-14 Robert S. Dietz, American geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1922-11-19 Stanley Keith Runcorn, British geophysicist (pioneering studies of paleomagnetism provided early evidence in support of the theory of continental drift), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1929-05-17 Raymond Hide, geophysicist

Famous Deaths

  • 1771-02-20 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, dies at 92
  • 1949-01-10 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)
  • 1958-12-12 Milutin Milanković, Serbian astronomer and geophysicist (linked long-term changes in climate to astronomical factors affecting the amount of solar energy received at Earth’s surface), dies at 79
  • 1966-08-10 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (black force), dies at 79
  • 1989-03-18 Harold Jeffreys, English mathematician (Theory of Probability) and geophysicist, dies at 97
  • 1989-10-11 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, dies at 86
  • 1991-06-03 Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)
  • 1994-02-04 Jan Veldkamp, Dutch geophysicist and director (KNMI), dies at 84
  • 1995-05-19 Robert S. Dietz, American geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, dies at 80
  • 1995-12-05 Stanley Keith Runcorn, British geophysicist (reversals of earth's magnetic field), dies at 73
  • 2003-04-11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)