Born Apr. 12, 1849, in Zurich; died there Aug. 31, 1937. Swiss geologist. Professor at the University of Zurich from 1875. President of the Geological Commission of the Swiss Society of Naturalists; founder of the Swiss school of glaciology.
Heim’s basic work was in geology, tectonic construction (he supported the theory of widespread covers), and the formation and freezing of the Alps. He investigated the mechanism of orogeny from the point of view of the contraction hypothesis.
WORKSUntersuchungen über den Mechanismus der Gebirgsbildung, vols. 1-2. Atlas. Basel, 1878.
Geologie der Schweiz, vols. 1-2. Leipzig, 1919-22.