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About Alfred Wegener
Known in his lifetime for being one of polar research’s pioneers, Alfred Wegener, today, is more appreciated for his early contribution to the scientific theory of plate tectonics. The German researcher, meteorologist and geophysicist was the first person to hypothesize continental drift in 1912. Unfortunately, it was not until 20 years after his death that his hypothesis was accepted by mainstream geologists.
He was the son of a clergyman known as Richard Wegener. He had four elder siblings. German actor, writer and director Paul Wegener was his cousin. He had three daughters with Else Köppen, who became his wife in 1913. She was the daughter of Wladimir Köppen, the famous Russian meteorologist.
The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany was named after him. His name was also given to an asteroid, a Mars crater and a Moon crater.
He passed away during an expedition in Greenland in November 1930 at the age of 50.
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Alfred Wegener's Popularity
Alfred Wegener was a famous German meteorologist and geophysicist, who was born on November 1, 1880. As a person born on this date, Alfred Wegener is listed in our database as the 36th most popular celebrity for the day (November 1) and the 3rd most popular for the year (1880).
People born on November 1 fall under the Zodiac sign of Scorpio, the Scorpion. Alfred Wegener is the 750th most popular Scorpio.
Aside from information specific to Alfred Wegener's birthday, Alfred Wegener is the 87th most famous German and ranks 3rd in famous people born in Berlin, Germany.
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