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By: Shirley Garrett. Personal Background Date of Birth- November 1 st, 1880 Death- November 2 nd, 1930? Earned a Ph.D in astronomy from the University.

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1 By: Shirley Garrett

2 Personal Background Date of Birth- November 1 st, 1880 Death- November 2 nd, 1930? Earned a Ph.D in astronomy from the University of Berlin in 1904 Interested in geophysics, and also became fascinated with the developing fields of meteorology and climatology

3 Contributions to Society Pioneered the use of balloons to track air circulation Wrote a textbook that became standard throughout Germany In 1915 the first edition of The Origin of Continents and Oceans, a book outlining Wegener's continental drift theory, was published; expanded editions were published in 1920, 1922, and 1929.

4 What Most People Dont Know When his theory was first proposed, it was ridiculed. Wegener was not the first to suggest that the continents had once been connected, but he was the first to present extensive evidence from several fields. Many scientists reacted hostile and often spoke exceptionally harsh about the Wegeners theory.

5 Why I chose this person I chose this person, because my students will be learning about his theory on continental drift in my sixth grade science class.

6 Resources wegener.htmlhttp://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/ wegener.html ects/dinosaurs/glossary/Pangaea.shtmlhttp://www.enchantedlearning.com/subj ects/dinosaurs/glossary/Pangaea.shtml


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