alfred wegener

< /ˈɑl freɪt ˈloʊ tɑr, loʊˈtɑr/, 1880–1930, German meteorologist and geophysicist: originated theory of continental drift.


  1. Alfred (ˈalfreːt). 1880–1930, German meteorologist: regarded as the originator of the theory of continental drift

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  1. German physicist, meteorologist, and explorer who introduced the theory of continental drift in 1915. His hypothesis was controversial and remained so until the 1960s, when new scientific understanding of the structure of the ocean floors provided evidence that his theory was correct.

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