Arthur A. Meyerhoff

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Arthur Meyerhoff
Arthur Augustus Meyerhoff

(1928-09-09)September 9, 1928
DiedSeptember 18, 1994(1994-09-18) (aged 66)
EducationYale University
Stanford University
Known forCriticism of plate tectonics
Scientific career
InstitutionsStandard Oil
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
ThesisA study of leaf venation in the Betulaceae, with its application to paleobotany (1952)
Doctoral advisorsKonrad Bates Krauskopf
Richard H. Holm
Other academic advisorsPreston Cloud

Arthur Augustus Meyerhoff (September 9, 1928 – September 18, 1994) was an American petroleum geologist known for his criticisms of plate tectonics.[1]:232[2]:895 In 1971, he collaborated with Curt Teichert to write a critique of the theory of plate tectonics, arguing that it could not be true because it would have precluded both the formation of coal and widespread glaciation.[3] His career included positions at Standard Oil, where he worked for ten years, and at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, where he served as publications manager. He was the son of Howard Meyerhoff, who was also a geologist.[4]


  1. ^ Teitz, H.H. (April 1995). "In Memoriam". Journal of Petroleum Geology. 18 (2): 231–233. doi:10.1111/j.1747-5457.1995.tb00899.x. ISSN 0141-6421. As early as the late 1960s some geologists voiced their opposition to the prevailing ideas on continental drift and plate tectonics. Art, among others, was one of the best-known antagonists of the theory.
  2. ^ Letsch, Dominik (October 2015). "R.A. Daly's early model of seafloor generation 40 years before the Vine–Matthews hypothesis: an outstanding theoretical achievement inspired by field work on St. Helena in 1921–1922". Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 52 (10): 893–902. doi:10.1139/cjes-2015-0040. ISSN 0008-4077. Arthur Meyerhoff, an eminent American petroleum geologist with a well-developed hostility against the newly emerging concepts in global tectonics...
  3. ^ Frankel, Henry R. (February 2017). The Continental Drift Controversy: Volume 1, Wegener and the Early Debate. Cambridge University Press. p. 513. ISBN 9781316616048.
  4. ^ Boucot, Arthur J. (October 1995). "Memorial to Arthur A. Meyerhoff 1928-1994" (PDF). Memorials.