Alfred Wegener

1880 - 1930

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Alfred Lothar Wegener (; German: [ˈʔalfʁeːt ˈveːɡənɐ]; 1 November 1880 – November 1930) was a German climatologist, geologist, geophysicist, meteorologist, and polar researcher. 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 continental drift hypothesis by suggesting in 1912 that the continents are slowly drifting around the Earth (German: Kontinentalverschiebung). His hypothesis was controversial and widely rejected by mainstream geology 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Wegener has received more than 1,967,472 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Alfred Wegener is the most popular geologist, the 109th most popular biography from Germany (up from 153rd in 2019) and the most popular German Geologist.

Alfred Wegener is most famous for his theory of continental drift.

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Among geologists, Alfred Wegener ranks 1 out of 60After him are Charles Francis Richter, Charles Lyell, Nicolas Steno, Friedrich Mohs, Milutin Milanković, James Hutton, Andrija Mohorovičić, Inge Lehmann, Francis Beaufort, Eduard Suess, and Abraham Gottlob Werner.

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Among people born in 1880, Alfred Wegener ranks 4Before him are Helen Keller, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Douglas MacArthur. After him are Fedor von Bock, Oswald Spengler, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Robert Musil, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Marshall, Franz Marc, and Ludwig Beck. Among people deceased in 1930, Alfred Wegener ranks 3Before him are Arthur Conan Doyle and Fridtjof Nansen. After him are Ilya Repin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, William Howard Taft, Zewditu, Miguel Primo de Rivera, Allvar Gullstrand, D. H. Lawrence, Cosima Wagner, and Horst Wessel.

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Among people born in Germany, Alfred Wegener ranks 109 out of 5,289Before him are Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Clara Schumann (1819), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Carl Orff (1895), Erich Honecker (1912), and Helmut Kohl (1930). After him are Baron Munchausen (1720), Theodor Mommsen (1817), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Peter III of Russia (1728), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681).

Among GEOLOGISTS In Germany

Among geologists born in Germany, Alfred Wegener ranks 1After him are Friedrich Mohs (1773), Beno Gutenberg (1889), Christian Leopold von Buch (1774), Georg Amadeus Carl Friedrich Naumann (1797), Ferdinand Zirkel (1838), and Julius von Haast (1822).