Get access
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Vening Meinesz—A student of the Earth

Authors


Abstract

The 1987 General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Vancouver, Union Symposium Ul , “Quo Vadimus,” commemorated the 100th birthday of the Dutch geodesist and geophysicist Felix Andries Vening Meinesz.

Vening Meinesz (1887–1966) (Figure 1) was born in a patrician family. His father was mayor of Rotterdam and later of Amsterdam. His mother descended from Dutch aristocracy. With such a background, a profession in science was not the most obvious ambition for a young man. Instead, a magistrate's career would have been more customary.

Get access to the full text of this article

Ancillary