Arthur Holmes

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Birthday
14, 1890
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Sep 20, 1965 (75)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
14, 1890
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Sep 20, 1965 (75)

About

Geologist whose discoveries eventually led to the scientific community's acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics. He is credited with being the first of his peers to grasp the concept of mantle convection and pioneered the practice of radiometric dating.

Before Fame

He attended Imperial College London and nearly died of malaria in the 1910's.

Trivia

The Mars crater known as Holmes was named in his honor.

Family Life

He married geologist Doris Reynolds after his first wife died in 1938.

Associated With

He and John Milne are both world-famous geologists from England.