Leopold Kober

Kober, Leopold

 

Born Sept. 21, 1883, in Pfaffstätten. Austrian geologist. Professor at the University of Vienna (from 1920).

Kober’s main works have dealt with the tectonic structure of Europe and of the earth as a whole. He is known as a supporter of the contraction hypothesis in its extreme version. He developed the concept of the presence of large overthrust sheets in the Alps.

WORKS

Der Bau der Erde, 2nd ed. Berlin, 1928.
Die Gestaltungsgeschichte der Erde. Berlin, 1925.
Das alpine Europa: Ein geologisches Gestaltungsbild. Berlin, 1931.
Tektonische Geologie. Berlin, 1942.

REFERENCE

“Prof. Dr. Leopold Kober zum 80. Geburtstag gewidmet.” Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft der Geologie- und Bergbaustudien in Wien, 1962, vol. 13.
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When Viennese geologist Leopold Kober gave geology a new word--kratogen, soon shortened to craton--for the flat, stony interiors of continents, he thought such places to be among the duller places for geological study.