Wegener, Alfred

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Name
Wegener, Alfred Gender: M
Alfred Lofhar Wegener
born on 1 November 1880 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 09°10' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 19°33 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 23°10'



Alfred Wegener

Biography

German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist.

During his lifetime he was primarily known for his achievements in meteorology and as a pioneer of polar research, but today he is most remembered as the originator of the theory of continental drift by hypothesizing in 1912 that the continents are slowly drifting around the Earth (German: Kontinentalverschiebung). His hypothesis was controversial and not widely accepted until the 1950s, when numerous discoveries such as palaeomagnetism provided strong support for continental drift, and thereby a substantial basis for today's model of plate tectonics. Wegener was involved in several expeditions to Greenland to study polar air circulation before the existence of the jet stream was accepted. Expedition participants made many meteorological observations and achieved the first-ever overwintering on the inland Greenland ice sheet as well as the first-ever boring of ice cores on a moving Arctic glacier.

On an unknown day in mid-November 1930, Alfred Wegener died at the age of 50 on his fourth expedition to Greenland.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • associate relationship with Loewe, Fritz (born 11 March 1895)
  • associate relationship with Sorge, Ernst (born 25 February 1899)
  • other kin relationship with Wegener, Paul (born 11 December 1874). Notes: Cousins

Events

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth record from Berlin City Archive.

Previously Starkman rectified to 13.46.34 LMT Asc 11Aqu15'.

Categories

  • Vocation : Education : Researcher (Polar)
  • Vocation : Science : Geology
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator