John Tuzo Wilson

1908 - 1993

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John Tuzo Wilson (October 24, 1908 – April 15, 1993) was a Canadian geophysicist and geologist who achieved worldwide acclaim for his contributions to the theory of plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the scientific theory that the rigid outer layers of the Earth (crust and part of the upper mantle), the lithosphere, is broken up into around 13 pieces or "plates" that move independently over the weaker asthenosphere. Wilson maintained that the Hawaiian Islands were formed as a tectonic plate (extending across much of the Pacific Ocean) shifted to the northwest over a fixed hotspot, spawning a long series of volcanoes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Tuzo Wilson has received more than 165,143 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). John Tuzo Wilson is the 25th most popular geologist (down from 21st in 2019), the 159th most popular biography from Canada (down from 130th in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Geologist.

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Among geologists, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 25 out of 90Before him are Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, Giuseppe Mercalli, Gideon Mantell, Jean-André Deluc, William Buckland, and Adam Sedgwick. After him are Vladimir Obruchev, Julius von Haast, Norman L. Bowen, Barnum Brown, Albert Heim, and Léon Teisserenc de Bort.

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Among people born in 1908, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 147Before him are Juan López Fontana, Mel Blanc, Lupe Vélez, Paul Henreid, Henryk Zygalski, and Elio Vittorini. After him are Michel Marcel Navratil, Robert Morley, Karel Ančerl, Sœur Emmanuelle, Paula Mollenhauer, and John Mills. Among people deceased in 1993, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 105Before him are Anna Sten, Richard Jordan, Józef Czapski, Pierre Victor Auger, Guido Masetti, and Chishū Ryū. After him are Henry Hazlitt, Clarence Zener, William L. Shirer, Jan Gies, Elvira Popescu, and Sebastiano Baggio.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 159 out of 1,622Before him are James Gosling (1955), Ted Kotcheff (1931), Brian Kernighan (1942), Fay Wray (1907), Hayden Christensen (1981), and Albert W. Tucker (1905). After him are Denys Arcand (1941), Shawn Mendes (1998), Brian Mulroney (1939), Raymond Massey (1896), Jeff Wall (1946), and Stephen Harper (1959).

Among GEOLOGISTS In Canada

Among geologists born in Canada, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 1After him are Norman L. Bowen (1887), Lawrence Lambe (1863), Reginald Aldworth Daly (1871), William Edmond Logan (1798), and Claudia Alexander (1959).