Flow and Fracture of Rocks

Flow and Fracture of Rocks

Editor(s): H. C. Heard, I. Y. Borg, N. L. Carter, C. B. Raleigh

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875900162

Online ISBN: 9781118664063

DOI: 10.1029/GM016

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 16 (The Griggs Volume).

David Tressel Griggs was born October 6, 1911, in Columbus, Ohio. His parents were Robert Fiske and Laura Amelia Tressel Griggs. His father was a widely known professor of botany and a leading ecologist and environmental conservationist at a time when these viewpoints were less familiar than they are today. David was an undergraduate at Ohio State University in 1930 when he participated in a National Geographic Society expedition, led by his father, to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. This Alaskan experience and the encouragement he received from a gifted and enthusiastic teacher, Professor Edmund M. Spieker, led him to choose for his life work the application of physics to the problems of the earth. After a year of graduate studies in geology at Ohio State, David moved on in 1933 to Harvard, where a new progTam of high-pressure studies devoted to geophysical problems had just been initiated under the inspired guidance of Percy W. Bridgman, pre-eminent leader in the experimental exploration of the physics of very high pressures and in the philosophical analysis of the logical processes of scientific thinking.

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