Hugh Auchincloss Brown

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Hugh Auchincloss Brown (23 December 1879 – 19 November 1975) was an electrical engineer best known for advancing a theory of catastrophic pole shift. Brown claimed that massive accumulation of ice at the poles caused recurring tipping of the axis in cycles of approximately 4000–7500 years. Brown argued that because the earth wobbles on the axis and the crust slides on the mantle, a shift was demonstrably imminent, and suggested the use of nuclear explosions to break up the ice to forestall catastrophe.

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  • “Can the Earth Capsize?” Time 13 September 1948
  • Robert Plumb (August 30, 1948). "Engineer Says Vast Polar Ice Cap Could Tip Earth Over at Any Time". The New York Times. p. 19. 
  • "Economist Disputes Theory That Polar Ice Cap Perils Earth". The New York Times. August 31, 1948. 
  • "Antarctic Doomsday, An Editorial". New York Times. September 1, 1948.