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J. Tuzo Wilson

 
 
J. Tuzo Wilson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 18, 2016
1. J. Tuzo Wilson Marker
Inscription.
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
J. Tuzo Wilson Marker & Geodetic Monument image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 18, 2016
2. J. Tuzo Wilson Marker & Geodetic Monument
Marker facing skyward at right.
awards, including the Vetlesen Prize, the Earth Sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
 
Location. 43° 43.008′ N, 79° 20.315′ W. Marker is in Toronto, Ontario, in Toronto. Marker is at the intersection of Don Mills Road and Saint Dennis Drive on Don Mills Road. Click for map. Marker is at the front entrance plaza of the Ontario Science Centre. Marker is at or near this postal address: 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario M3C1T3, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toronto's first professional stadium: Sunlight Park 1886 - 1896 (approx. 6.6 kilometers away); Charles Trick Currelly 1876-1957 (approx. 7 kilometers away); William Arthur Parks 1868-1936 (approx. 7.1 kilometers away); The Discovery of Insulin (approx. 7.6 kilometers away); Sir Daniel Wilson (approx. 7.6 kilometers away); Charles William Jefferys (approx. 7.7 kilometers away); The Macdonald-Mowat House (approx. 7.8 kilometers away); Mary Ann Shadd Cary (approx. 7.9 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Toronto.
 
Also see . . .  Life of John Tuzo Wilson. Physics at University of Toronto. (Submitted on January 18, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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