He was born in Christiania, and was the brother of Halfdan Kjerulf. He was educated in the Royal Frederick University and subsequently studied at Heidelberg, working in Robert Bunsen's laboratory. In 1858, he was hired as a lecturer at the Royal Frederick University. In the same year, he became director of the Norwegian Geological Survey, which he had been instrumental in establishing. In 1866 he was promoted to professor of geology.
His contributions to the geology of Norway were numerous and important, especially concerning the southern portion of the country, the structure and relations of the Archaean and Palaeozoic rocks, and the glacial phenomena. His principal works were Das Christiania Silurbecken (1855) and Udsigt over det sydlige Norges Geologi (1879). Kjerulf was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 1869.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
|Chairman of the Norwegian Polytechnic Society
Hartvig Caspar Christie