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Other Profession(s): Geologist, Cartographer
Higher Education: Bachelor's degrees in English and music and four minors.
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About Marie Tharp
Marie Tharp, American geoscientists was born on July 30, 1920, and died on August 23, 2006. She and Bruce Heezen, an American geologist and oceanographer, created the first scientific map of the Atlantic Ocean floor. Tharp's work revealed the detailed topography and multidimensional geographic landscape of the ocean bottom. Her work contributed to the acceptance of continental drift and plate tectonics theories by providing a more accurate map of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the rift valley along its axis.
It had been four years since Tharp had spent time in Tulsa, and she was searching for the next step in her career.
1952: As part of her project to accurately align sounding profiles, Tharp painstakingly aligned profiles from the Atlantis, acquired between 1946 and 1952, and one profile from the Naval ship Stewart, acquired between 1921 and 1922.
1957: Physiographic maps of the North Atlantic were published in 1957 by Tharp and Heezen.
1977: National Geographic published the World Ocean Floor in 1977 as a map of the entire ocean floor created by Tharp and Heezen.
1997: Among the four greatest cartographers of the 20th century, Tharp received double honors from the Library of Congress in 1997.
According to the Library of Congress, Tharp is one of the four greatest cartographers of the 20th century. She was named Marie Tharp Lamont Research Professor in her honor.
National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal in 1978
Society of Woman Geographers Outstanding Achievement Award in 1996
Woods Holes Oceanographic Institution's Mary Sears Woman Pioneer in Oceanography Award in 1999
Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory Heritage Award in 2001
David Flanagan married her in 1948, and the two moved to New York together.
Marie Tharp died from cancer at the age of 86 on August 23, 2006, in Nyack, New York.