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 idea 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 117,853 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). John Tuzo Wilson is the 21st most popular geologist (up from 22nd in 2019), the 143rd 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 21 out of 60Before him are Vasily Dokuchaev, Christian Leopold von Buch, Giuseppe Mercalli, Ignacy Domeyko, Gideon Mantell, and Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu. After him are Adam Sedgwick, Harry Hammond Hess, Jean-André Deluc, Vladimir Obruchev, William Nicol, and Arthur Holmes.

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Among people born in 1908, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 117Before him are Baby Face Nelson, Harold Holt, Lupe Vélez, Jacques Massu, Afet İnan, and Edgar Faure. After him are Sam Giancana, Carlos Peucelle, Vazgen I, Ivan Yefremov, Jack Williamson, and Richard Wright. Among people deceased in 1993, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 82Before him are Meliton Kantaria, Rahmon Nabiyev, René Pleven, Marian Anderson, Józef Czapski, and József Antall. After him are Héctor Lavoe, Raymond Burr, Sun Ra, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Felice Borel, and Frunzik Mkrtchyan.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, John Tuzo Wilson ranks 143 out of 1,130Before him are Nelly Furtado (1978), Louis Riel (1844), Evangeline Lilly (1979), Marc Ouellet (1944), Sid Meier (1954), and Arthur Hiller (1923). After him are Brian Kernighan (1942), Raymond Burr (1917), James Gosling (1955), David Johnston (1941), Jason Priestley (1969), and Stana Katic (1978).

Among GEOLOGISTS In Canada

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