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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 created 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 139,798 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. John Tuzo Wilson is the 20th most popular geologist (up from 21st in 2019), the 130th most popular biography from Canada (up from 143rd in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Geologist.

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Among geologists, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 20 out of 59Before him are Abraham Gottlob Werner, William Smith, Ignacy Domeyko, Gideon Mantell, Christian Leopold von Buch, and Giuseppe Mercalli. After him are Jean-André Deluc, Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, Vladimir Obruchev, William Buckland, Adam Sedgwick, and Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje.

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Among people born in 1908, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 112Before him are João Guimarães Rosa, Arturo Frondizi, Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine, Aden Adde, Sergei Sobolev, and Lupe Vélez. After him are Carlo Abarth, Afet İnan, Victor Weisskopf, Françoise Dolto, Ivan Yefremov, and Robert Rossen. Among people deceased in 1993, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 79Before him are Desanka Maksimović, E. P. Thompson, John Connally, Maurice Yaméogo, Wolfgang Lotz, and Jan Gies. After him are René Pleven, Salah Jadid, Héctor Lavoe, József Antall, Richard Jordan, and William L. Shirer.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 130 out of 1,350Before him are Wilfrid Laurier (1841), Paul Martin (1938), Gil Evans (1912), Shania Twain (1965), Evangeline Lilly (1979), and Paul Watson (1950). After him are Maye Musk (1948), William B. Davis (1938), Myron Scholes (1941), Bruce Greenwood (1956), Denys Arcand (1941), and Nelly Furtado (1978).

Among GEOLOGISTS In Canada

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