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Marie Tharp is an American geologist and oceanographic cartographer. She helped prove the theories of continental drift. She co-published the first world map of ocean floors. Her work included a more precise cartographic representation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and her discovery of the rift valley along its axis, causing a paradigm shift in earth science that led to the acceptance of the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift. The Library of Congress this day in 1998 named Marie Tharp one of the greatest cartographers of the 20th century.
Early life of Marie Tharp
Marie Tharp was born on July 30, 1920, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is the only child of Bertha Louise Tharp, a German and Latin teacher, and William Edgar Tharp, a soil surveyor for the United States Department of Agriculture.
She gained early exposure to map-making when she used to accompain her father on the fieldwork.
Marie Tharp Awards and Honours
1978 – National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal
1996 – Society of Woman Geographers Outstanding Achievement Award
1999 – Woods Holes Oceanographic Institution’s Mary Sears Woman Pioneer in Oceanography Award
2001 – Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory Heritage Award