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Prof. D. la Cour

Nature volume 150, pages 115116 (25 July 1942) | Download Citation



PROF. DAN LA COUR, director of the Meteorological Institute of Denmark, died at Copenhagen on May 19 at the age of sixty-five ; his death will be deeply regretted by geophysicists throughout the world. During the past fifteen years or more he took an increasing part in international leadership in geophysics, the science for which above all others international co-operation is essential ; at the time of his death he was president of the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics. He was elected to this office at Edinburgh in 1936, and would normally have vacated it in 1939, but at the Washington conference of the Union, held just after the outbreak of the present War, new elections of officers were postponed ; his advice and guidance in re-starting the work of the Union when peace returns will be greatly missed.

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