Famous Geologists: Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener gained fame as the person who came up with the idea of Continental Drift, a key part of the Plate Tectonics theory;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Wegener

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Famous Geologists: Charles Walcott

Walcott’s lasting fame was secured with his work on the extraordinary Burgess Shale fossils, howvere his contributions to geology went much further:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Doolittle_Walcott

Famous Geologists: Nicolas Steno

Steno was particularly important for early thinking on palaeontology and stratigraphy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Steno

Famous Geologists: Andrija Mohorovičić

Famous for making important discoveries about the internal structure of the Earth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrija_Mohorovi%C4%8Di%C4%87

Famous Geologists: Giuseppe Mercalli

Mercalli developed a scale for measuring the impact of earthquakes, which now bears his name:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Mercalli

Famous Geologists: Harry Hess

Harry Hess gained fame in geology for his theory of seafloor spreading, which forms an important part of the plate tectonicstheory:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hammond_Hess

Famous Geologists: James Dana

James Dana was particularly important in the fields of volcanology and mineralogy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dwight_Dana