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Famous Scientist Timeline: Alfred Wegener

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Sophia Kang

on 10 November 2012

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Transcript of Famous Scientist Timeline: Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener was born on November 1st, 1880.
He was born in the city of Berlin in Germany.
This is important because this is when he was born. 1880 1906 Alfred Wegener joined an expedition to Greenland to study polar air circulation. He also accepted a post as tutor at the University of Marburg. This is important because he accepted a job to tutor someone else and because he got invited to his first expedition. 1904 He earned a Ph.D in astronomy from the University of Berlin. This is important because this is what subject he earned a Ph.D on. (However he later was interested in meteorology) 1911 In the fall of 1911, Wegener was looking through books in the University of Marburg's library when he found a scientific paper that listed fossils of identical plants and animals found on opposite sides of the Atlantic. He also published a book called The Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere.This is important because this led to the theory of Continental Drift. 1915 In 1915 the first edition of The Origin of Continents and Oceans, a book outlining Wegener's theory of the Continental Drift, was published. This is important because this book explained the Continental Drift. 1924 Alfred Wegener accepted a specially created professorship in meteorology and geophysics at the University of Graz, in Austria. This is important because he became a professor at an university. 1930 Alfred Wegener died during his last and final expedition to Greenland after his 50th birthday. This is important because he died in Greenland during his expedition. 1960s- Present Day Alfred Wegener's hypothesis of the Continental Drift is supported and accepted by most of the geologists. This is important because Alfred Wegener's hypothesis was accepted to the world, although it was after his death. 1905 He went to work at the Royal Prussian Aeronautical Observatory near Berlin. This is important because there he studied the upper atmosphere using kites and balloons. 1926 Wegener was invited to an international symposium in New York called to discuss his theory. This is important because this way he got some supporters, but also non-believers.
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