Alfred Lothar Wegener

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Wegener, Alfred Lothar


Born Nov. 1, 1880, in Berlin; died in late November 1930, in Greenland. German geophysicist. Professor at the University of Graz, 1924.

Wegener was a participant in research expeditions in Greenland in 1906-08 and 1912-13, and he led an expedition in 1929-30. His last expedition was undertaken to organize a year-round research station, Eismitte, in the center of Greenland, at an elevation of about 3,000 m. Returning from this expedition, Wegener perished on the ice. His main scientific works were on the thermodynamics of the atmosphere and on paleoclimatology. He was the author (1912) of tectonic hypotheses on the shift of continents.


In Russian translation:
Vozniknovenie materikov i okeanov. Moscow-Leningrad, 1925.
Termodinamika atmosfery. Moscow-Leningrad, 1935.


Zalomanov, V. “Professor Al’fred Vegener.” Meteorologicheskii vestnik, 1931, nos. 5-8.
Posledniaia ekspeditsiia A. Vegenera v Grenlandiiu 1930-31. Leningrad, 1935. (Translated from German.)
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