J. Tuzo Wilson

J. Tuzo Wilson (HM1QI1)

Location: Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T3 Toronto Division
Country: Canada

N 43° 43', W 79° 20.315'

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J. Tuzo Wilson (1908-1993)
J. Tuzo Wilson, the world-renowned Canadian geophysicist, served as Director General of the Ontario Science Centre from 1974 to 1985. He was instrumental in developing the theory of Plate Tetonics in the 1960s. This theory describes the formation, motion and destruction of the Earth's crust, the origin of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and the growth of mountains. Dr. Wilson's signficant contributions to this theory revolutionized Earth Sciences. He proposed the existence of transform faults to explain the numerous narrow fracture zones and earthquakes along oceanic ridges. He also showed that rising magma plumes beneath the Earth's crust could create stationary hot spots, leading to the formation of mid-plate volcanic chains like the Hawaiian Islands. The first graduate of geophysics from the University of Toronto in 1930, Dr. Wilson went on to study at Cambridge and Princeton, earning his doctorate in 1936. After spending two years with the Geological Survey of Canada and almost a decade with the Canadian Military Engineers, he accepted the position of Professor of Geophysics at the University of Toronto in 1946. Internationally recognized for his major contributions as a research scientist, educator and visionary, Dr. Wilson received many prestigious awards, including the Vetlesen Prize, the Earth Sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
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Date Added Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 633835 N 4841745
Decimal Degrees43.71666667, -79.33858333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 43', W 79° 20.315'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 43' 0" N, 79° 20' 18.9" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto Ontario M3C 1T3, CA
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