Penck, Albrecht

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Penck, Albrecht Gender: M
born on 25 September 1858 at 16:15 (= 4:15 PM )
Place Leipzig, Germany, 51n19, 12e20
Timezone LMT m12e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Müller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 02°15' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 03°55 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 13°10'

Albrecht Penck


German geographer, who exercised a major influence on the development of modern German geography, and geologist, who founded Pleistocene stratigraphy (the study of Ice Age Earth strata, deposited 11,700 to 2,600,000 years ago), a favoured starting place for the study of man’s prehistory.

Professor of geography at the University of Vienna (1885–1906), he conducted research in the valleys of the Bavarian Alps that confirmed the four periods of Pleistocene glaciation—Günz, Mindel, Riss, and Würm. Penck also originated and promoted the 1:1,000,000-scale map of the Earth and published a pioneer work on geomorphology (the study of the Earth’s surface features), a term he is believed to have introduced.

From 1906 to 1926 he held the chair in geography at Berlin, where he was also director of the Institute of Oceanography. His work there embraced classification of climates, regional ecology, and political geography, notably the extent of German culture in Europe, and the refinement of the German geographer Friedrich Ratzel’s concept of Lebensraum (“living space”).

He died 7 March 1945, Prague.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) student relationship with Sorge, Ernst (born 25 February 1899)


Source Notes

Arno Müller, vol 2


  • Vocation : Science : Geology
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession