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.
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