Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

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Dietz, Robert Sinclair

  • Robert A. Garfinkle
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BornWestfield, New Jersey, USA, 14 September 1914

DiedTempe, Arizona, USA, 19 May 1995

Robert Sinclair Dietz was a marine geologist, geophysicist, oceanographer, and professor of geology at Arizona State University. He is considered to have been one of the most influential geologists of the twentieth century. Dietz was the son of civil engineer Louis Dietz and his wife Bertha Dietz. In 1941, Robert completed his studies in geology and chemistry at the University of Illinois. He received all three of his degrees – B.S. (1937), M.S. (1939), and Ph.D. (1941) – from that institution.

Dietz served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Force during World War II and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war, Dietz became a civilian scientist with the United States Navy at the Navy Electronics Laboratory [NEL] in San Diego, from 1946 to 1954 and from 1959 to 1963. He supervised the oceanographic research done in 1946–1947 on the last Antarctic expedition by Admiral Richard E....

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Selected References

  1. Bourgeois, Joanne, and Steven Koppes (1998). “Robert S. Dietz and the Recognition of Impact Structures on Earth.” Earth Sciences History17, no. 2: 139–156.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Dietz, Robert S. (1946). “The Meteoritic Impact Origin of the Moon’s Surface Features.” Journal of Geology54: 359–375.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. — (1947). “Meteorite impact suggested by the orientation of shatter-cones at the Kentland, Indiana disturbance.” Science105: 42–43.Google Scholar
  4. — (1961). “Continent and ocean basin evolution by spreading of the sea floor.” Nature190: 854–857.Google Scholar
  5. — (1994). “Earth, Sea, and Sky: Life and Times of a Journeyman Geologist.” Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences22 (May 1994): 1–32.Google Scholar
  6. Koppes, Steve (1995). “Memorial: Robert Sinclair Dietz (1914–1995). Meteoritics30: 474.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. — (1999). “Memorial to Robert Sinclair Dietz, 1914–1995.” Geological Society of America Memoirs29: 25–27.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Garfinkle
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  1. 1.Union CityUSA