Alfred Wegener

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  • Born

    Born
    Alfred Wegener was born in Berlin, Germany.
  • Education and Career

    Education and Career
    He studied physics, astronomy and meteorology at the Friedrich Wilhelms University in Berlin Under the teaching of Julius Bauschinger and earned a Ph.D in Astronomy in 1905. Wegener was involved in several expeditions to Greenland to study polar air circulation.
  • Work in Meteorology

    Work in Meteorology
    Wegener was fascinated with the new science of weather and made the concept of using weather balloons to study the atmosphere. In 1908, Wegener accepted a job teaching meteorology at the University of Marburg.
  • Married

    Married
    Wegener married Else Köppen, the daughter of the most widely known meteorologist in Germany, Wladimir Köppen.
  • Research

    Research
    Alfred Wegener quickly begins his work by studying similarities in ancient fossils and geological layers between continents. This will be evidence that will support his Hypothesis later on.
  • Continental Dirft Theory made

    Continental Dirft Theory made
    His Famous theory of Continental Drift was Publicly advocated and presented, Stating that all the continents were once joined together in a single landmass and have slowly drifted apart. Alfred Wegener had published his Continental Drift Theory in a Geological Book.
  • Theory is Criticised

    Theory is Criticised
    Wegener's hypothesis was received with ridicule. For decades, other geologists scoffed at the idea of drifting continents. The American edition of his work received poorly in the Geological Community in America. Many people contradicted his data and evidence,
  • Alfred's Expedition

    Alfred's Expedition
    Alfred Wegener makes his greatest Expedition to Greenland to study the Polar Climate. He stayed there for 12 months before he was found dead in 1931 due to Heart Failure.
  • Evidence

    Evidence
    Samples taken from India showed that it was once in the opposite Hemisphere, as said by Alfred Wegener in his Theory. Data produced from Cambridge University also found evidence supporting Wegener as well.
  • Revival of the Theory

    Revival of the Theory
    Major Geological findings such as paleomagnetism had revived Wegener's Theory and was now supported by most countries in respect. Alfred Wegener was known as a Revolutionizer in the Field of Science.
  • Plate Tectonics

    Plate Tectonics
    Another revolutionizing Theory, Plate Tectonics, was discovered in 1967 due to the contributions of the Continental Drift Theory and was highly approved widespread.