Harry Hammond Hess

Geologist, Academic

1906 – 1969

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Who was Harry Hammond Hess?

Harry Hammond Hess was a geologist and United States Navy officer in World War II.

Considered one of the "founding fathers" of the unifying theory of plate tectonics, Rear Admiral Harry Hammond Hess was born on May 24, 1906 in New York City. He is best known for his theories on sea floor spreading, specifically work on relationships between island arcs, seafloor gravity anomalies, and serpentinized peridotite, suggesting that the convection of the Earth's mantle was the driving force behind this process. This work provided a conceptual base for the development of the theory of plate tectonics.

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Born
May 24, 1906
New York City
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yale University
  • Princeton University
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Aug 25, 1969
Resting place
Arlington National Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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