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Walter Maurice Elsasser

(1904—1991)


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(1904–91)

A German-born physicist, Elsasser became a US citizen in 1940. He worked on the structure of the nucleus and on terrestrial magnetism. In 1946, he proposed that a ‘self-exciting dynamo’ in the Earth's outer core might be the cause of the magnetic field.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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