• Alfred Wegener was selected for inclusion in the first edition of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography because of the renewed interest in the early 1970s in his theory of continental displacements. (encyclopedia.com)
  • In that same year 1906, Wegener participated in the first of his four Greenland expeditions, later regarding this experience as marking a decisive turning point in his life. (wikipedia.org)
  • Wegener attended school at the Köllnisches Gymnasium on Wallstrasse in Berlin (a fact which is memorialized on a plaque on this protected building, now a school of music), graduating as the best in his class. (wikipedia.org)
  • Wegener was born and raised in Berlin and lived there until the completion of his PhD in 1905. (encyclopedia.com)
  • His father, Richard Wegener, was a theologian and teacher of classical languages at the Berlinisches Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster . (wikipedia.org)
  • On a balloon ascent undertaken to carry out meteorological investigations and to test a celestial navigation method using a particular type of quadrant ("Libellenquadrant"), the Wegener brothers set a new record for a continuous balloon flight, remaining aloft 52.5 hours from April 5-7, 1906. (wikipedia.org)
  • novelties, a full theory of atmospheric discontinuities, including a hypothetical geocoronium layer (later identified as the ionosphere) and a novel theory of the formation of precipitation in cold clouds that continued to be generally accepted under the name of the Wegener-Bergeron theory. (encyclopedia.com)