Bruce C. Heezen
|Bruce Charles Heezen|
Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen
April 11, 1924|
|Died||June 21, 1977(aged 53)|
|Institutions||Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory|
|Alma mater||University of Iowa
|Known for||Seafloor topography|
|Notable awards||Cullum Geographical Medal (1973)|
Bruce Charles Heezen (HAY-zen) (April 11, 1924 – June 21, 1977) was an American geologist. He is most famous for working with oceanographic cartographer Marie Tharp at Columbia University to map the Mid-Atlantic Ridge during the 1950s.
Heezen was born in Vinton, Iowa. An only child, he moved at age 6 with his parents to Muscatine, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1942. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1947 and in 1952 his M.A. from Columbia University and in 1957 his Ph.D.
Heezen collaborated extensively with pioneering cartographer Marie Tharp. He interpreted their early work on the mid-Atlantic ridge as supporting S. Warren Carey's Expanding Earth Theory which had been developed in the 1950s, but under Marie Tharp's influence "eventually gave up the idea of an expanding earth for a form of continental drift in the mid-1960s."
- "Bruce C. Heezen". Physics Today 30 (11): 77. November 1977. doi:10.1063/1.3037805.
- Oreskes, Naomi, 2003, Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth, Westview Press, p. 23, ISBN 0813341329
- Frankel, Henry, The Continental Drift Debate, Ch. 7 in Scientific controversies, p. 226, 1987, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-27560-6
- "Marie Tharp Bio". Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
- "Navy's Newest Ocean Survey Ship Will Offer Public Tours August 3 for Lamont Community August 4 & 5 at Intrepid Pier". The Earth Institute. 2000-07-14. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
- Bruce Heezen explaining formation of oil traps on the ocean floor on YouTube
- Bruce Heezen explaining turbidity currents on YouTube
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