Famous Geologists from Switzerland

List of notable or famous geologists from Switzerland, with bios and photos, including the top geologists born in Switzerland and even some popular geologists who immigrated to Switzerland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Swiss geologists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These geologists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known geologist from Switzerland is included when available.

This list includes Louis Agassiz, Jean-André Deluc and more people.

This historic geologists from Switzerland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Swiss geologists of note?" and "Who are the most famous geologists from Switzerland?" These prominent geologists of Switzerland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Swiss geologists.

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  • Albert Heim
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    Albert Heim

    Albert Heim (12 April 1849 – 31 August 1937) was a Swiss geologist, noted for his three-volume Geologie der Schweiz.Born in Zürich, he was educated at Zürich and Berlin universities. Very early in life he became interested in the physical features of the Alps, and at the age of sixteen he made a model of the Tödi group. This came to the notice of Arnold Escher von der Linth, to whom Heim was indebted for much encouragement and geological instruction in the field.In 1873 he became professor of geology in the polytechnic school at Zürich, and in 1875 professor of geology in the university. In the same year he married Marie Heim-Vögtlin, Switzerland's first woman physician. In 1882 he was ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1849-1937)
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Arnold Henry Guyot
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    Arnold Henry Guyot ( GHEE-oh) (September 28, 1807 – February 8, 1884) was a Swiss-American geologist and geographer.
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1807-1884)
    • Birthplace: Boudevilliers, Switzerland
  • Eugène Renevier

    Eugène Renevier (26 March 1831 – 4 May 1906) Swiss geologist, was born at Lausanne, Switzerland, as a descendant of a noble family. After about three years of study at the polytechnical school of Stuttgart, Renevier in 1851 went to Geneva to study under F. J. Pictet. In 1854 he went to Paris to attend the lectures of Hébert and to study fossil nummulites found in the limestone of the Alps.From 1859 to 1881 he was an associate professor of geology and mineralogy, then a full professor of geology and paleontology at the Academy in Lausanne (1881–1906). In 1890 the academy attained the name and status of a university. In 1898–90 he was rector of the University of Lausanne. For many years, he ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1831-1906)
    • Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Hans Georg Stehlin

    Hans Georg Stehlin (1870–1941) was a Swiss paleontologist and geologist. Stehlin specialized in vertebrate paleontology, particularly the study of Cenozoic mammals. He published numerous scientific papers on primates and ungulates. He was president of the commission of the Natural History Museum of Basel. In 1910 Stehlin coined the term Grande Coupure to refer to the extinction event which occurred 33.9 millions of years ago, which defines the Eocene-Oligocene limit. It originated a huge change in organisms, especially the mammals of Europe.Stehlin is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of lizard, Gallotia stehlini.
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1870-1941)
  • Jean-André Deluc
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    Jean-André Deluc or de Luc (8 February 1727 – 7 November 1817) was a Swiss geologist, natural philosopher and meteorologist. He also devised measuring instruments.
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1727-1817)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Louis Agassiz
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    Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (; French: [aɡasi]; May 28, 1807 – December 14, 1873) was a Swiss-American biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's natural history. Agassiz grew up in Switzerland. He received doctor of philosophy and medical degrees at Erlangen and Munich, respectively. After studying with Cuvier and Humboldt in Paris, Agassiz was appointed professor of natural history at the University of Neuchâtel. He emigrated to the United States in 1847 after visiting Harvard University. He went on to become professor of zoology and geology at Harvard, to head its Lawrence Scientific School, and to found its Museum of Comparative ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1807-1873)
    • Birthplace: Montier