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Prof. Albert Heim, For. Mem. R.S

Nature volume 140, pages 573574 (02 October 1937) | Download Citation



THE news of the death on August 31 at the age of A eighty-eight years of the veteran geologist Albert Heim, though not unexpected, comes as a sad shock to many admirers. A very great man has gone, and a treasured connexion with the early days of Alpine structural interpretation has at last been broken. As a student, Heim came under the spell of Arnold Escher von der Linth, an open-air researcher, a great talker, but no writer. Heim loved the mountain side no less, but fortunately he was an artist, excelling with both pen and pencil ; and in his early publications he preserved in truly glorious fashion Escher's discoveries, enriched by numberless observations of his own, Heim's technical skill was such that he himself engraved the copper plates of many of the illustrations that adorn his text.

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