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John Tuzo Wilson was born in Ottawa in 1908 and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1930 with a degree in physics and geology. He then went to Cambridge to earn a second Bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, and geology before going to Princeton University in 1936, where he earned his doctorate in geology. While Tuzo was a student of Richard Field's at Princeton, he supplemented his income by driving over to Lehigh on weekends to do seismic computations for Maurice Ewing. Although they did not work together following this time, the work of each profoundly influenced the work of the other. Tuzo was fascinated by the various new discoveries that Ewing was making in the oceans, and Ewing was always very intrigued by the syntheses that Wilson was able to produce.