Albert Heim

Geologist, Academic

1849 – 1937

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Who was Albert Heim?

Albert Heim was a Swiss geologist, noted for his three-volume Geologie der Schweiz.

Born at Zürich, he was educated at Zürich and Berlin universities. Very early in life he became interested in the physical features of the Alps, and at the age of sixteen he made a model of the Tödi group. This came to the notice of Arnold Escher von der Linth, to whom Heim was indebted for much encouragement and geological instruction in the field.

In 1873 he became professor of geology in the polytechnic school at Zürich, and in 1875 professor of geology in the university. In the same year he married Marie Heim-Vögtlin, Switzerland's first woman physician. In 1882 he was appointed director of the Geological Survey of Switzerland, and in 1884 the honorary degree of Ph.D. was conferred upon him at Berne.

He is especially distinguished for his researches on the structure of the Alps and for the light thereby thrown on the structure of mountain masses in general. He traced the plications from minor to major stages, and illustrated the remarkable foldings and overthrust faultings in numerous sections and with the aid of pictorial drawings.

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Born
Apr 12, 1849
Zürich
Also known as
  • Гейм, Альберт
Nationality
  • Switzerland
Profession
Education
  • University of Zurich
Died
Aug 31, 1937
Zürich

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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